Geometric patterns, anthropomorphic characters, architectural spatial environments, and relics of the ancient world appear throughout Jess Johnson's artworks.Johnson's solo art-ventures began in drawing, but her long-term collaborative relationship with animator Simon Ward brings her drawings to life in videos and virtual reality. The animator has...
Under the direction of Folakunle Oshun, the second edition of the Lagos Biennial (26 October–23 November 2019) includes works by over 40 Lagos-based and international artists, architects, and collectives. Curated by architect Tosin Oshinowo, curator and producer Oyindamola Fakeye, and assistant curator of photography at the Art Institute of...
Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...
One of a Kind - Knowing Me Knowing You Ah Ha
Wonder Woman was created by her spirit mother out of clay and brought to life with super powers, raised as an Amazon by her mother and aunts. Wonder Woman was adept and empowered in using amazing technological weapons and tools in fighting evil in society, either alone or collaborating with the community of other superheroes. She has become a hero figure for the Yankunytjatjara artist Kaylene Whiskey.
Kaylene Whiskey (b. 1976) was born at Indulkana community in the APY Lands (Anungu, Pitjantjatjara, Yankunytjatjara), an area of almost mythical traditional Aboriginal cultural practice. The epitome of long intense Aboriginal cultural history, and a life of hard fought survival in a most harsh desert landscape; of what an Aboriginal should be. Pigeonholed by many as sub-human, stern, stoic personalities and society, the art of Kaylene is like a ray of sunshine against this stereotype. Knowing me, knowing you – as much as this society has been scrutinised and defined by westerners; these people have constantly looked back, observing the gifts and practices of western culture and technology, rejecting some, and adopting, judging and enjoying other parts with great humour and wit. Her images have certainly won over many with their wittiness; they just make me smile.
Recent international articles on contemporary art have argued that much art today seems fixed to talking to the art world tent, ideologically driven and lacking life, empathy and feeling. Kaylene's colours, arrangements of fabulous figures (Cher, Dolly Parton and Tina Turner) in action and play in their everyday rituals and fun, have character, intelligence, positivity, and sheer joy in a sea of anxiety.
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