Danie Mellor: Exotic Lies Sacred Ties – a Review.

“Exotic Lies Sacred Ties, a 12-year survey of artist Danie Mellor’s practice at the University of Queensland Art Museum, deals with the ongoing legacies of colonialism. More charmer than pretender, Mellor’s art disarms the viewer with glamour and beauty while probing the flaws in our accepted view of history.”

Official opening Saturday 1 February. Read my full review for Guardian Australia.

Danie Mellor 'Piccaninny paradise' 2010 pastel, pencil, glitter, Swarovski crystal and wash on Saunders Waterford paper 143.0 x 171.0 cm Private collection, Sydney
Danie Mellor ‘Piccaninny paradise’ 2010
pastel, pencil, glitter, Swarovski crystal and wash on Saunders Waterford paper
143.0 x 171.0 cm
Private collection, Sydney
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‘My Country: I Still Call Australia Home’ – Contemporary art from black Australia | A review

“The ‘My Country’ title of the exhibition is derived from the subject matter of much Indigenous art – and perhaps the most common concern for the artists in this show. Curator Bruce McLean has conceived the exhibition over three general areas – My History, My Life, My Country. Despite the thematic approach, the majority of these 300-plus works represent an amalgam of all three themes in one. From the outset the use of ‘My’ in the titles is a political and contextual term. The art displayed is both a reflection and a reinforcement of the social values and beliefs of numerous Indigenous cultures, each with a unique history. We [the non-Indigenous] might call this place ‘Australia’ but it’s worth noting that many Indigenous people consider it a constructed version of nation.”

Read the full review at The Art Life. 

Warwick Thornton, Stranded (still) 2011. 3D digital video: 11:06 minutes, colour, sound.
Warwick Thornton, Stranded (still) 2011. 3D digital video: 11:06 minutes, colour, sound.

[Image courtesy of the artist and the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane].