Lies, Magicians and Blind Faith
28 Mar 2020 – 28 Aug 2020
QAG | Gallery 14 | Free
‘Lies, Magicians and Blind Faith’ reflects the dynamic exchange between Australian and Filipino artists throughout the 1990s and 2000s. The exhibition is centred around the bold and confronting installation by Australian artist David Griggs — Frog boy's dissertation into a new karaoke cult 2008 — a painted carnival tent that addresses the fine line of exploitation and survival in Manila city. Also featured are individual and collaborative works by Nunelucio Alvarado, Santiago Bose, George Gittoes, Pat Hoffie and Alwin Reamillo.
David Griggs, Australia/The Philippines b.1975 / Frog boy's dissertation into a new karaoke cult 2008 / Synthetic polymer paint on sewn canvas with aluminium frame, wood and MDF, rope and projected DVD: 34.54 minutes, colour, silent 730 x 860 x 620cm (installed); tent wall: 286 x 2520cm / Purchased 2008 with funds from the Queensland Government's Gallery of Modern Art Acquisitions Fund and with the assistance of the Melbourne Art Fair Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © David Griggs.
Santiago Bose, The Philippines 1949-2002 / The fatal shore 2000 / Mixed media on canvas / 121 x 110cm / Gift of Rupert Myer in honour of John Batten through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation 2017. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program Gift of the artists 1994 / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Estate of the artist.