Lucent: Aboriginal and Pacific Works from the Collection
“Lucent” draws together works from the Aboriginal and Pacific collections, illuminating connections and differences between the cultures. Evocations of light and its absence are explored through works ranging from installations of great majesty to intimate adornments for the body. Multiple feathered “Banumbirr” (Morning star) poles associated with creation stories engage with a 22-metre black “Ngatu Ta Uli” (barkcloth) used within mourning rituals, as do decorative and ceremonial pearlshell pendants from both cultures and textiles.
Ongoing, Gallery of Modern Art, Stanley Place, South Bank. 3840 7303. qagoma.qld.gov.au
Henry Gambika Nupurra Dhamarandji; Trevor Gurruwiwi; Richard Galnardiwuy; Gali Yalkarriwuy Gurruwiwi; David Lakarriny Gurruwiwi Paul Gurruwiwi, “Banumbirr (Morning star poles)” (detail). Bark fibre string, feathers, native beeswax, synthetic polymer paint on wood, cotton thread, natural pigments on wood. Collection: Queensland Art Gallery. © The artists.