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2 NEW EXHIBITIONS - 1. THE PILBARA – PAINTINGS FROM THE YINJAA-BARNI ART CENTRE + 2. EDWARD BLITNER – STORIES FROM MY GRANDFATHER

BY Japingka Gallery | 13-Jun-2012
The Pilbara - Yinjaa-Barni Artists - Gallery1 Opens June 15, 2012 Yinjaa –Barni Artists are traditional owners from the Fortescue River region, and their paintings depict the remarkable country of the Pilbara in Western Australia’s north-west. The contrasts of the harsh environment with the hidden gorges of cool water, the seeds and flowers bursting out after rain, are moments that belong to the great Creation stories of the Marrga. This exhibition is presented in association with Yinjaa-Barni Art Centre. Edward Blitner –Stories from my Grandfather - Gallery2 Opens June 15, 2012 Edward Blitner started painting with his grandfather. He says of this time, "My grandfather would be painting on bark and we kids would sit around him and watch him grind the ochres and mix the colours. After a while he would tell us the story for that particular painting and also teach us the songs and dance for that story. When he was in a very good mood, he let us paint the sides of the bark painting. That was my start.
Venue: Japingka Gallery
Address: 47 High St. Fremantle, WA. 6160
Date: 15th June, 2012 - 18th July, 2012
Ticket: FREE
Web: www.japingka.com.au
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Clifton Mack - "Millstream Waterholes"

GALLERY 1:

When artists from Roebourne in Western Australia’s Pilbara region paint the broken rocky landscape of that harsh landscape, they mix it with extraordinary images of rockpools and seeds and flowers. The artists know the toughness of the country as well as the underlying regeneration that comes from the Marrga, or Creation narratives that underpin Aboriginal culture. The artists are from Yinjabarndi people of the Fortesque River region, and their emergence into the Aboriginal art world has been a recent journey made over only the past ten years. For decades the indigenous people of the Pilbara had resisted joining the growing desert art movement, their leaders suspicious of the results of allowing the outside world any glimpse into the deeply held cultural traditions that underpin Aboriginal art and storytelling. So when the Yinjaa-Barni Artists exhibit their work at Japingka Gallery, we see the artists world view and their bonds to the earth – abstracted views of the eroded rock faces alongside glowing green and blue visions of the Creation of the earth, from a time when “the world was soft’ . Clifton Mack and Aileen Sandy are the artists who bring us the jarring surfaces of the iron rich rockfaces. Marlene Harold and Allery Sandy give us the countering images of water and regeneration. The artists share their storytelling traditions and their basic ties to the land, their futures also tied to their relationships with the expanding Pilbara mining industry. The artists show a vision of the Pilbara alive to the purpose of its aboriginal inhabitants – full of meaning, culture and history. The exhibition The Pilbara from Yinjaa-Barni Eyes is showing at Japingka Gallery from 15 June to 18 July.

GALLERY 2:

Arnhem Land painter Edward Blitner is showing paintings in Gallery2 that use the fine “rarrk” or cross-hatching, to highlight images of Mimi spirits, Barramundi and Lightning Spirits. These images were taught to Blitner by his grandfather, from rock paintings and ceremonial stories from the Marra and Alawa people, as they fished and hunted along the coast of Arnhem Land. The exhibition also includes significant works on paper by senior Arnhem Land artists including George Milpurrurru, England Bangala, Billy Dullman and Djardie Ashley.