Ryan Pres­ley

Art Almanac - - Art In Australia -

‘Pros­per­ity re­minds us that the West­ern nar­ra­tive of cap­i­tal­ism and the closely as­so­ci­ated lib­eral ideas of so­cial progress, democ­racy and self-de­ter­mi­na­tion have been built on the ex­clu­sion of Indige­nous economies,’ writes Madeleine King, who cu­rated Ryan Pres­ley’s first ma­jor soloex­hi­bi­tion at In­sti­tute of Mod­ern Art ear­lier this year. In these pages we see the show doc­u­mented with re­pro­duc­tions of his finely painted and in­ci­sively com­posed Blood Money se­ries (2010-18) as well as full-page de­tails, al­low­ing the viewer greater in­sight into the pat­tern­ing and thought­ful sym­bol­ism of these works which de­pict icons of the Abo­rig­i­nal re­sis­tance. Con­tri­bu­tions from Tina Baum, Daniel Brown­ing, Su­ven­drini Per­era and the artist ex­plore the his­tor­i­cal ground­ing and cap­ti­vat­ing aes­thetic of the work.

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