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Michael Stevenson

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Michael Stevenson | New Zealand b.1964 | The gift (from ‘Argonauts of the Timor Sea’) 2004–06 | Aluminium, wood, rope, bamboo, synthetic polymer paint, World War Two parachute and National Geographic magazines | 400 x 600 x 300cm | Purchased 2007. The Queensland Government's Gallery of Modern Art Acquisitions Fund | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

Michael Stevenson The gift (from ‘Argonauts of the Timor Sea’) 2004–06
Michael Stevenson
New Zealand b.1964
The gift (from ‘Argonauts of the Timor Sea’) 2004–06
Aluminium, wood, rope, bamboo, synthetic polymer paint, World War Two parachute and National Geographic magazines
400 x 600 x 300cm
Purchased 2007. The Queensland Government's Gallery of Modern Art Acquisitions Fund
Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

Michael Stevenson

The gift (from ‘Argonauts of the Timor Sea’) 2004–06

Michael Stevenson’s ‘Argonauts of the Timor Sea’ is based on Ian Fairweather’s ill-fated 1952 raft journey from Darwin to Timor. Through meticulous research and a fastidious and idiosyncratic attention to detail, Stevenson created a collection of objects pertaining to Fairweather’s extraordinary expedition, and recreated the raft for the APT5 exhibition. These meticulously realised works are in dialogue with discourses on the origins of the Polynesian race and the exploration of gift economies. They also allude to migration debates and the recent perilous and politicised boat journeys by asylum seekers to Australian shores.