Matthew John­son at Short St

Broome Advertiser - - Happenings - Carly Laden

A new art ex­hi­bi­tion at Short St Gallery will show­case a long-run­ning con­ver­sa­tion about work, ab­strac­tion, paint­ing, colour and the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment.

Mel­bourne-based artist Matthew John­son and Bidyadanga artist Daniel Wal­bidi have teamed up to cre­ate Wonga (Con­ver­sa­tion), which will be dis­played at Short St Gallery from Septem­ber 21 to Oc­to­ber 12, with an of­fi­cial open­ing on Septem­ber 28.

The ex­hi­bi­tion con­sists of sev­eral paint­ings by the pair as well as a video work they cre­ated north of Broome two years ago.

John­son said work­ing with Wal­bidi has cre­ated an on­go­ing di­a­logue about tech­ni­cal ap­pli­ca­tions and the dif­fer­ent ways of ap­proach­ing ma­te­ri­als when cre­at­ing art.

”I’ve known Daniel for just un­der 10 years, we go fish­ing to­gether and we al­ways talk about how we look at things and how we cre­ate things to­gether,” he said.

“Be­cause we’re both colourists and both of us have this great sense of lan­guage in the way we use colour, there is sort of a silent di­a­logue and we en­rich each other by pick­ing things up be­tween each other’s prac­tices.

“It’s all about ex­per­i­ment­ing when we work to­gether, which is a very im­por­tant process with artists. It’s a lot of dis­cus­sions and ideas ex­changed, kind of like a cul­tural ex­change.”

John­son said he hopes peo­ple get a sense of clar­ity to­wards place and a sense of per­cep­tion of place when they view the ex­hi­bi­tion.

“We hope peo­ple find a way of see­ing things in a dif­fer­ent light when they see Wonga,” he said.

Ilum Vert by Matthew John­son.

Mu­tu­jiljil by Daniel Wal­bidi.

Daniel Wal­bidi

Matthew John­son

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