FIELD Engineers Gallery, Artspace Mackay
30 Aug to 24 Nov
Violent Salt brings together contemporary artists from across Australia representing diverse cultural heritage. Co-curated by Yhonnie Scarce and Claire Watson, the exhibition reflects on the experiences of the marginalised, the underrepresented and the silenced. The exhibition discusses issues surrounding racism and discrimination against First Nations peoples and minority groups as well as the lack of respect for, and desecration of culture and the natural environment. Violent Salt invites artists to speak their truths about these experiences and offers an opportunity for understanding and connection, whilst seeking to celebrate and honour Australia’s unique multiculturalism and landscape.
The works presented in Violent Salt reflect on a social, physical and geographical landscape that has been witness to violence and oppression. It questions how we can repair deep wounds, re-connect across culture and assert and celebrate cultural identities
meaningfully and transformatively.
The featured artists are Abdul Abdullah (NSW), Vernon Ah Kee (QLD), Richard Bell (QLD), Daniel Boyd (NSW), Megan Cope (QLD), Karla Dickens (NSW), Sarah-Jane (S.J.) Norman (VIC), Yhonnie Scarce (VIC/SA) and Jemima Wyman (QLD).
IMAGE: Karla DICKENS Wiradjuri People, Quartered 2017, mixed media, dimensions variable, Mackay Regional Council Art Collection.
Some people are stories: Vincent Serico
Foyer Gallery, Artspace Mackay
30 Aug to 03 Nov
Vincent Serico’s remarkable life journey through regional, remote and rural Queensland is captured in Some people are stories the first major touring exhibition of Vincent Serico’s work since his death in 2008. Vincent Serico’s artistic body of work spans over forty years. He interpreted the whispers – from both land and people. Many of his paintings document significant events in his life or of previous generations as Indigenous people struggled with cultural and lifestyle changes. Djon Mundine OAM, in his essay on Vincent’s work, said that his art “aims to acknowledge Aboriginal existence in a way that gives comfort, while recognising past pain, sorrow, longing and loss, and leaving a trace of them in the hearts of others.”
IMAGE: Vincent SERICO The Road to Cherbourg 2009. Folio print reproduction, Archival inks on 300gsm Hahnemuehle rag paper, 62 x 87 x 3.5cm, City of Ipswich Collection, Ipswich Art Gallery. Image courtesy Fireworks Gallery. Photograph: Mick Richards
Kit Webster: Phaseshift
Gallery Three, Artspace Mackay
12 July to 13 October
Drawing upon ideas of perception and consciousness, the kinetic work Phaseshift explores the parallels between environments, both digital and physical. Bringing together ideas of time and space,
the constant rhythmic pulse of form, the pendulum and projection collide and interact inciting a hypnotic meditative experience for the viewer.
IMAGE: Kit WEBSTER Phaseshift 2016, mechanical pendulum, electromagnetic motor, light projection. Pictured at Loop Alternative Space, Seoul, South Korea. Electrical and mechanical engineering by Brendan CAMPBELL. Image courtesy the artist.