18 Nov 2017 – 2 Apr 2018
QAG | Gallery 14 | Free

For the very first time, Noel McKenna's fifteen-year project of large 'Map' paintings are presented in full. The series takes a marvellous approach to ordering the contents of Australia along ingenious themes such as public swimming pools, dangerous animals and butterflies.

With a wonderful wit, these works overlook the redundancy of physical maps in our era of global positioning systems (GPS) and Google Earth. Instilled with a sincere interest in his subjects, these labours of love reflect on who we are as a nation by looking to an inventory of our contents.

McKenna shows that the minor elements of the world don't just repeat and reappear — they add up to something great. While it's true that the whole is more than the sum of its parts, it is still, to a point, the sum of its parts.

Noel McKenna Brisbane: My Home 1956-1979

Noel McKenna, Australia b.1956 / Brisbane: My Home 1956-1979 2014 / Synthetic polymer paint on canvas / Purchased 2014. Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation / © The artist .

Noel McKenna Shark, Ray Species of Australia

Noel McKenna, Australia b.1956 / Shark, Ray Species of Australia 2006 / Oil and enamel on canvas / Private collection, Melbourne. Image courtesy: Niagara Galleries, Melbourne / © The artist .