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Kevin Maritz, Untitled (Bead sculpture no. 5), 2003, aluminium, steel, 230 x 40 x 40 cm. © Courtesy the artist
Sweet spot presents the work of seven contemporary Australian artists who engage with decorative traditions and ideas about ornamentation. While they have different conceptual and material practices, the artists are united by a sensual engagement with media and form that privileges the notion of ‘aesthetic pleasure’. This concept does not simply imply beauty, but also the idea of sensuous perception.
This exhibition brings into focus contemporary aspects of the dynamic between a hedonistic revelling in ornamental excess (present in historical periods like the Rococo) and the ordered restraint of modernism.
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.