Goma: Sugar Spin - Brisbane
When it comes its cultural & creative scene, Brisbane may be one of Australia's best kept secrets—if you know where to look, you will find many things that will take your breath away. That being said, this is by no means a small independent art exhibition, but one carefully curated with exceptional works from all over the world. Here is a little taste of Goma's 10 year anniversary exhibition 'Sugar Spin' beginning with an excerpt from the entrance wall :
Spin me around
until I am dizzy
until all I know
is a blur
Until the world comes into focus
with a different shape
Spin me stories
as a spider would a web
Spin me a sugar high
a feast of everything
I ever wanted
'Sugar Spin' brings together the work of remarkable Australian Artists with that of their global peers in celebration of the creative depth and diversity of the Gallery's Collection. This exhibition plays with ideas of abundance, dizziness, and disorientation in five contrasting chapters, moving from light to dark and from the monumental to the minute. It offers a series of paths to explore, traversing heady colour, darker anxieties, soaring rhythms and precious treasures, before opening to encompass the wider cosmos. The artworks in 'Sugar Spin' take our breath away, swiftly at times, filling us with wonder. At other points they unfold more slowly, and reflect our own fears and uncertainties.
'Sugar Spin' is a celebration, but also a reflection on a time in which the truth is spun and sugar-coated, attention spans are short, trust is fractured, and we are eager for one sugar hit after another. Joy and danger animate us as sweet seekers, but we are also storytellers and sense-shapers, ready to look, feel, talk, and together shape new futures.
Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir (aka Shoplifter)
Nervescape IV. Moss, Norway.
Epistrophy VI 2012. Polished stainless steel. Germany
Crossing 2016. Light installation. England & United Stated
"experience and perception—the boundaries of our body—our sense of self as permeable as light."
Mirror Mirror. Interactive Exhibition for the Children's Art Center.
"Shoppy creates spectacular artworks using synthetic hair. She believes that hair can inspire great personal creativity and is a way for people to express who they are to the world.
In this immersive installation children can engage with the artist's ideas and working methods through hands-on activities. Young visitors will be invited to create their own extraordinary paper hairstyle using specially designed templates and be encouraged to help style a wall of artificial hair-like material." - source
HEARD. United States 2012.
Mixed Media. Japan 1975.
"a blending of the natural world with the experience of the virtual realm. through sculptures using resin and taxidermied animals, Nawa recreates the visual experience of the screen in sculptural form. " - source
"The exterior coating of beads fractures, magnifies and distorts the animals' forms, overlaying them with reflections of the surrounding space and the presence of the viewer. Frustrating our desire to touch the objects or to see them clearly, the sculpture suggests a disjunction between visual perception and bodily experience in the internet age." - source
Photography. New Zealand. Unconventional portraits of her daughter Ruby.
'Walking in tall grass'
In bed. England
Huang Yong Ping
Huang Yong Ping. Ressort 2012. China
Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian
Lightning for Neda. Iran 2009.
"The work's title pays homage to Neda Agha Soltan, a 27-year-old Iranian woman killed in the streets of Tehran during protests that followed the 12 June 2009 presidential elections." - read more
Writing the Unspoken. Taiwan/United States.
Interactive exchange between artist & audience.
"How often, when we encounter another person, do we leave things unsaid, often the most important things, and the things we will carry inside for years afterward, things which are insistent and haunting, yet which remain unexpressed until the ears they seek are beyond reach?
Writing the unspoken provides space and opportunity for participants to express these verbal ghosts. The three booths invite visitors to reflect and write on three different things — gratitude, insight, and forgiveness. Within each booth is a writing surface and materials. Visitors are invited to write messages that are sealed into an addressed or unaddressed envelope, or choose not to seal the envelope so that other participants may read their words." - source
The skin speaks a language of its own 2006. Fiber Glass & Bindi
the destructive effects of popular culture, mass media, and consumerism on the culture of India - read more
Ngaymil people Australia 1973.
Etched and polished water tank galvanised steel with paint. read more
Galiwin'ku (Elcho Island) artists
Banumbirr (Morning Star Poles) -
held sacred in ceremonies
"It is told that each day at sunset spirits on Burralku, an island to the east, hold a morning star ceremony. As
dancing intensifies the rising dust creates the twilight which gradually becomes darkness. During the day and into the night the star is hidden by an old woman in a special feathered bag; just before dawn she releases the star on a long string. First it ascends to the top of a tall pandanus tree to survey all the places it will visit, then flies over Arnhem Land heralding the dawn, pausing over each of the clans related to it. As the sun rises the old woman reels in banumbirr by its feathered string to be hidden again until the next evening." - source
Mid-air 2003. Australia
"I've always been interested in shapes and the formlessness of form. These thread pieces are an attempt to sketch an object in an architectural space that perhaps removes weight or which, momentarily, forgets its density of form."