POINT OF DIFFERENCE Desert to Sea 7 October - 5 November

Published by: Artitja Fine Art | 15-Sep-2016
Artists from across the country have been working hard towards this double header exhibition and the paintings have just arrived. We are very excited at both the quality and diversity in what we are presenting. The idea to couple work by the Munupi artists from Melville Island in the Tiwi Islands whom we have a long association with and from thousands of kilometres south, the Iwantja and Ernabella artists in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands came about when we saw the opportunity to bring these two regions together in the perfect setting of the Engine Rooms at Turner Galleries in Northbridge. We then asked Bush Sculptor and weaver Janine McAullay Bott to reference the works and she has once again created a body of exquisite sculptures.
Venue: Turner Galleries
Address: 470 William Street, Northbridge, Australia
Date: 7 October - 5 November
Time: 11-5 Tues-Sun
Ticket: free
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Visiting artists from the Tiwi Islands will 'paint up' and perform a welcome Yoi (dance) ceremony at an exhibition comprising three geographically distant regions and highlighting a diversity of medium and style.

Francesca "Nellie" Puruntatameri and Susan Wanji Wanji from the Munupi Art centre in the small town of Pirlangimpi on Melville Island (80km northwest of Darwin) will make the journey to Perth to open the exhibition curated by Artitja Fine Art.

POINT OF DIFFERENCE Desert to Sea opens on Friday 7th October at Turner Galleries in Northbridge and seeks to demonstrate how the three regions are united by the artists' ancestral story lines, culture and mythology.

From the distinctive ochre mark making from the island community whose story lines have largely to do with totems and ceremony, to the bold and self-assured colour explosion of the Ernabella and Iwantja art communities in the APY desert lands and accompanied by internationally recognised, award winning Noongah Bush Sculptor Janine McAullay Bott from Perth whose organic weaves will reference the work, the exhibition will span the two Engine Room Galleries.

"Nellie and Susan are very much favourites and returning guests of ours" says Artitja Fine Art Director Anna Kanaris. "This will be our fourth exhibition of the Munupi artists since 2011 and each time the response has been quite overwhelming, partly due to the uniqueness of style and method (wooden combs are used in place of brushes at times) and also to the artists' presence who enchant the audience with their friendliness and insightful explanations. Friendships have been made and these artist's paintings have found new homes as far away as New York, Belgium and Germany as well as locally. Their presence at exhibitions is important "“ plus they love coming to visit" says Kanaris.

As well as paintings by octogenarian Cornelia Tipuamantumirri there will be a selection of paintings by Jane Margaret Tipuamantumirri, who as a younger emerging artist is quickly gaining popularity for her distinctive flowing style.

"In contrast to the gentle but confident Tiwi works the bold, bright and commanding works from the Ernabella artists will most definitely generate discussions about difference" says Kanaris "We came up with the idea for this exhibition through our admiration of similarity through difference in Aboriginal art and we believe it is important to expand on those conversations"

A curatorial floor/walk talk with Curator Anna Kanaris and weaving demonstration by Janine McAullay Bott will be held during the exhibition on Saturday 22 October at 2pm. RSVP is essential to Anna at info@artitja.com.au

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