16 December 2009 – 07 February 2010
Adelaide Festival Centre
King William Road, Adelaide
Gallery opening times: Wednesday to Saturday 12pm – 5pm, Sunday 12pm – 4pm
On entering the gallery one is greeted by an explosion of colour; warm yellows, reds, browns, oranges, blues and greens, black and whites. The dots on these works travel every which way telling a story of journeys and learning handed down through the generations, represented in a visual feast. Stories of the land and it’s people, rivers and skies, bush tucker and all that springs from the earth and above, like the wind shifting sand and swaying trees in a rhythmic dance of regeneration.
We keep our culture strong and tell the stories of our land through paintings, song and dance.*
All works have their story; such is one with a dynamic composition, No.14 Alison Riley, Ngayuku ngura (My Country), 2009 acrylic on canvas. It is a restful work mainly in dark orange dots overlapping each other, creating a sense of being a tapestry. The application of the dots in a downward movement is reminiscent of the expanse of a red sunset sky, flooding the land with dark red light.
Nita Williamson, Seven Sisters, 2009 acrylic on canvas, has achieved perfection in the application of the paint.
* Quote from Ananguku Art and Cultural Aboriginal Corporation Business Plan 2010-2012.
Reviewed by Glam Adelaide Visual Art Critic, Gina De Pieri Salvi.