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Leonard Brown, To leave our chasms and all things similar, 2006, oil on canvas, 152 x 152 cm. © Courtesy the artist and Michael Reid at Elizabeth Bay, Sydney
Earthly reflections of heavenly things brings together three senior Australian artists from different cultural, religious, and artistic traditions, whose art practices reflect consistent engagement with mystical and spiritual matters. The artists are each motivated by distinctly different aims and their artworks refer to various histories of visual communication, yet they all share a non-representational visual language that is immersive, materially rich, and experiential.
Bilu, Brown, and Kngwarreye are not dogmatic or emphatic in their approach to art making. Their works are open propositions that communicate through the language of abstraction. Through their work, the artists offer us the experience of being drawn into a state of prolonged aesthetic contemplation; one that has the potential to exist independently of the world of ordinary sensations.
Now open, The world is not a foreign land brings together work by Timothy Cook, Djambawa Marawili, Ngarra, Rusty Peters, Freda Warlapinni and Nyapanyapa Yunupingu. Crossing three geographically and culturally distinct regions—the Tiwi Islands, the Kimberley, and North-eastern Arnhem Land—each artist presents sometimes strikingly different perspectives on what constitutes Indigenous contemporary art.