Lumination fall wall weave (detail) 2004/2006.
Electrical cable, light fittings, bulbs and MDF board.
Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney.
Xstrata Coal Emerging Indigenous Art Award
8 April – 21 May 2006
Admission free | Gallery 2
The Xstrata Coal Emerging Indigenous Art Award exhibition presents the work of the ten artists short-listed for the inaugural annual award established by the Queensland Art Gallery and Xstrata Coal.
The winner of the $30 000 acquisitive Award in 2006 is Jonathan Jones for his work Lumination fall wall weave 2004/2006.
The Award selection committee described Lumination fall wall weave as "a beautifully crafted work, suggesting many possible readings. It reveals a sophisticated understanding of Indigenous arts practice today".
The selection committee considered emerging urban, regional and remote community-based Indigenous artists from throughout Australia, working across all media. The ten artists short-listed for the inaugural award in 2006 are: Roma Nyutjangka Butler (Irrunytju, WA), Lorraine Connelly-Northey (Swan Hill, VIC), Timothy Cook (Melville Island, NT), Nici Cumpston (Adelaide, SA), Emily Evans (Mornington Island, QLD), Mignonette Jamin (Kununurra, WA), Jonathan Jones (Sydney, NSW), Sally Gabori (Mornington Island, QLD), Raelene Kerinauia (Melville Island, NT) and Minnie Lumai (Kununurra, WA). More information on each artist.
The Award is complemented by a $50 000 annual grant from Xstrata Coal for the Gallery to acquire works by Indigenous artists.
Statement by the Award Selection Committee
Jonathan Jones’ Lumination fall wall weave is a beautifully crafted work, suggesting many possible readings. It reveals a sophisticated understanding of Indigenous arts practice today.
The work explores the complexities and dualities of physical and metaphysical ideas — open and closed, secular and sacred, seen and unseen, masculine and feminine.
Echoing his mother’s sewing practice, Jones translates a ‘woven’ work, embedding it into the wall. Jones has transported the domestic into a public space with a grand elegance.
Electrical currents literally charge and illuminate the work. At 28 years of age, Jonathan Jones promises a purposeful and assured contribution to contemporary Australian art.