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Photo: Viki Petherbridge
From 1988 to 1990, Tim Jones made a series of works based on an elaborate New Guinean sculpture which was originally used as a house-post for an above-water dwelling in Sentani Lake, West Papua. These little known works on paper from the University of Melbourne Art Collection are shown together for the first time with three related sculptures from the artist's collection. An important inclusion in this exhibition is two Papua New Guinean shields from the Leonhard Adam Collection of International Indigenous Culture. The shields are included to indicate the influence of works from this region in Jones’s art.
This exhibition also includes Jones's major sculptural work, Covert 7 city, from the University of Melbourne Art Collection, and the 1990 sculpture, Good afternoon at ‘Levitating Phenomenon’ from the artist’s own collection.
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.