Michael Ri­ley and LN( Cru­elom­snsaun­r­rreea) lly-Northey Anna-Wili High­field

Mgoaer­barsin­au­drieniy­deipd The Big Tur­tle: Con­cept for an Icon

Art Almanac - - Art In Aus­tralia -

Wagga Wagga Art Gallery Un­til 3 Fe­bru­ary, 2019

‘Ngabindiyi dul­marra (mea­sured pres­sure)’ by Lor­raine Con­nelly-Northey and Michael Ri­ley (1960-2004) is a col­lec­tion of works, which con­vey the beauty and en­durance of Wi­rad­juri/ Waradgerie iden­tity. Con­nelly-Northey’s ob­jects and in­stal­la­tion made from found ma­te­ri­als; cor­ru­gated iron, fenc­ing wire, feath­ers and shells present new it­er­a­tions of tra­di­tional forms, such as bush bowls and bags. While Ri­ley, one of Aus­tralia’s most im­por­tant land­scape and por­trait pho­tog­ra­phers and film­mak­ers por­trays a strong sense of in­ti­macy, in­her­ently chal­leng­ing the nega­tive por­trayal of ‘oth­er­ness’ in his­tor­i­cal ethno­graphic por­trai­ture. Lap Lap,

Bund­aberg Re­gional Art Gallery 13 De­cem­ber, 2018 to 10 Fe­bru­ary, 2019

Anna-Wili High­field’s sculp­tural works ex­plore the or­ganic qual­i­ties and re­sis­tance of ma­te­ri­als, gen­er­at­ing ten­sion be­tween the com­plex­ity of form and the lim­i­ta­tions and econ­omy of the medi­ums used; from fresh­wa­ter pearls, shells, co­ral and feath­ers to fab­rics such as vel­vet, linen and felt, and torn pa­per. High­field draws a con­nec­tion be­tween hu­man and an­i­mal by en­gi­neer­ing a mo­ment of con­tact that em­pha­sises both their sim­i­lar­i­ties and dif­fer­ences, with fo­cus on the sea tur­tle and its sur­vival in a world af­fected by global warm­ing. Tur­tle

in­stal­la­tion from the 2017 Bund­aberg Res­i­dency Cour­tesy the artist and Bund­aberg Re­gional Art Gallery, Queens­land

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