Black Abstract

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Woolloongabba Art Gallery & Redland Art Gallery, 2004 - Aboriginal Australians - 16 pages
People of the Quandamooka have lived on and around the area now referred to as Moreton Bay and the Redlands in Queensland for 20 000 years. Historically, communication between people at different locations was by means of message-stick, beacon fires, and word of mouth; including calling between islands. Later on, when the Europeans arrived, mirror flashes were used over distances up to 40 kilometres.Black Abstract continues the dialogue for people across great distances with an exhibition from central desert across the land and waters to connect with regional audiences and Aboriginal communities. The exhibition presents the work of renowned artists' Ada Bird and Gloria Petyarre, Anmatyarr custodians who paint the stories, symbols, patterns and their country Anungra located 250kms NE of Alice Springs. By presenting this exhibition the Redland Art Gallery looks to define a sense of place and identity by communicating an exhibition that affords the viewing audience greater access and understanding of the definable meaning of Aboriginal painting. The exhibition does not consider Aboriginal art to contain abstract meaning, rather, a more littoral relationship between land, time, and the artists' stories. Black Abstract makes accessible Ada Bird and Gloria Petyarre's heritage of ideas, values and stories from the central desert in concert with exhibitions by local indigenous artists.Australia's identity is drawn from our diverse regional history. To partner communities in exploring that diversity and embracing new cultural influences the Redland Art Gallery and Regional Galleries encourage local audiences to investigate the region's cultural and social diversity, especially its indigenous culture and heritage. Black Abstract is coordinated by Redland Art Gallery and Woolloongabba Art Gallery in Queensland, Australia. Redland Art Gallery is an initiative of Redland Shire Council, dedicated to the late Eddie Santagiuliana.Steven AldertonManager, Redland Art GalleryCo-curator

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