The Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) will present a snapshot of art being made in the state when ‘GOMA Q: Contemporary Queensland Art’ opens at GOMA from 11 July to 11 October 2015.
QAGOMA Director Chris Saines said ‘GOMA Q’ would include 31 artists and collectives from across the state in the Gallery’s first broad survey of current contemporary Queensland art practice.
‘Realised through extensive research and studio visits, ‘GOMA Q’ captures a moment in time from our local art landscape. It is a chance for us to focus our attention on the art being created right across Queensland and refresh our relationships with local artists,’ said Mr Saines.
‘These artists add significant weight and material to the Queensland art ecology and the exhibition will give Gallery visitors a deeper understanding of the Queensland art scene.’
‘GOMA Q’ has been curated by Mr Saines together with QAGOMA’s Peter McKay, Curator, Contemporary Australian Art, and Bruce McLean, Curator, Indigenous Australian Art.
The exhibition showcases emerging and mid-career artists alongside senior practitioners including Davida Allen, Ian Friend and Gordon Shepherdson.
The work of younger generation and senior Indigenous artists will sit side by side, featuring works by Teho Ropeyarn, Naomi Hobson, Jennifer Herd, Mavis Ngallametta and the late Umpila leader Lawrence Omeenyo.
Political dialogues and tension between culture and race find voice through the cutting works of Vernon Ah Kee, Pat Hoffie and Chantal Fraser.
New media works include pieces by Moe Louanjli and Antoinette J Citizen, with sculpture featuring prominently in works by Paul Bai, Sam Cranstoun, Dale Harding, Anita Holtsclaw, Ross Manning and Brian Robinson.
Tim Woodward, Grant Stevens, David Thomas and collaborative duo Clark Beaumont will present video works and Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan will explore Filipino culture with their decorated jeepney.
New and recent works by Julie Fragar, Madeline Kelly, Tyza Stewart and Michael Zavros explore the unique ways identity is constructed in contemporary Australia, while prolific photographer Kim Guthrie explores the lives of ordinary Queenslanders and different self-portraits by Monica Rohan and Liam O’Brien discuss isolation and personal torment.
The full opening weekend program of events, include artist in-conversation panels, performances and special workshops will be announced soon.
For more information visit, www.qagoma.qld.gov.au. Share your experience #GOMAQ @QAGOMA Vernon Ah KeeMadeleine KellyDavida AllenMoe LouanjliAlfredo and Isabel AquilizanRoss ManningPaul BaiMavis NgallamettaClark BeaumontLiam O'BrienAntoinette J CitizenLawrence OmeenyoSam CranstounBrian RobinsonJulie FragarMonica RohanChantal FraserTeho RopeyarnIan FriendGordon ShepherdsonKim GuthrieGrant StevensDale HardingTyza StewartJennifer HerdDavid M ThomasNaomi HobsonTim WoodwardPat HoffieMichael ZavrosAnita Holtsclaw