“Art is defined as much by what it is, as what it isn't. Artists express what we don't have words for and that's certainly what you’ll find with the Indigenous artists that have been included in this exhibition.”
In Void, UTS Gallery’s upcoming exhibition, curator, Wiradjuri woman and UTS alumnus Emily McDaniel explores the many ways that artists create form for the formless, manipulating the positive and negative spatial relationships to visually articulate the undefined ‘void’.
Featuring contemporary works across drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, textiles and photography, Void will bring together artists from around the country before embarking on its own multi-venue national tour.
“Indigenous artists are innovative, constantly changing and finding new ways to articulate old ways,” says Emily. “The challenge that I come across so often with working with audiences in creating experiences around contemporary Aboriginal art is breaking free of the expectation of consistency.
“That’s what I hope to do with this exhibition,” adds Emily.
“It’s about finding a new language to speak about these works. These artists are engaging with art as a visual and a metaphorical means to articulate the complexity of their experiences, so it’s about expanding on the way we talk about Indigenous art.
The exhibition was developed in conjunction with Bathurst Regional Art Gallery (BRAG), and will be presented nationally by Museums & Galleries of NSW. In addition to workshops and forums being held at each of the host venues, Emily will be working with the UTS Gallery to create a suite of educational resources aimed at deepening engagement with Indigenous knowledge and understanding of the works themselves.
Museums & Galleries of NSW Gallery Programs and Touring Exhibitions Manager Rachel Arndt says, “Void, and the national tour, present a significant opportunity for communities across Australia, whether they be regional or metropolitan, to engage with some of the very best contemporary Aboriginal arts practice.”
For Emily, the UTS Gallery was as a natural fit for what she calls the “nucleus” of the large travelling exhibition. It’s the spirit of experimentation, risk-taking and uncertainty embraced by UTS that will light the fire to carry on to each location.
Void will be on display in the UTS Gallery from 25 September to 16 November. To find out more, visit art.uts.edu.au
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