09 April - 04 May 2013

MICHAEL RILEY
MABEL JULI
GORDON BARNEY
IVY DRILL

ANOTHER COUNTRY presents a suite of photographs by Michael Riley alongside ochre paintings by three Western Australian (Gija) artists; Mabel Juli, Gordon Barney and Ivy Drill.

The late Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist MICHAEL RILEY (1960-2004) is one of the most important Australian indigenous artists of the past two decades. Riley’s work investigates and celebrates Aboriginal spirituality and attachment to country, while at the same time bearing witness to the degradation and dispossession caused by white colonisation.

Riley’s commitment to the process of reconciliation resulted in a body of work including film, video and large-scale photography. In 2006 he was one of 8 Australian indigenous artists whose work was commissioned for the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris. In 2008 a major retrospective of his work toured from the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra to the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

‘Sacrifice’ (1992), an edition of which is included in this show, is a series of 15 enigmatic photographs commenting on the conflicting role of the church as both protector of indigenous people and destroyer of traditional culture. The series was featured in the 4th APT (Asia Pacific Triennial) at Queensland Art Gallery in 2002. Riley passed away in 2004 from complications caused by renal failure. His work is presented in New Zealand in collaboration with Stills Gallery Sydney and Michael Riley Foundation www.michaelriley.com.au.

80-year-old MABEL JULI was encouraged to paint by Rover Thomas in the 1980s and since then her work has been acquired by most Australian State collections as well as by the Chartwell Collection at Auckland Art Gallery. It is the second New Zealand exhibition for GORDON BARNEY (age 67) and the first for IVY DRILL (age 72).

We are grateful to Warmun Art Centre www.warmunart.com.au for their assistance in bringing these artists’ work to New Zealand.

Photography: Kallan MacLeod

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WARMUN ARTISTS
4 Aboriginal Artists
April 2013
Installation View

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MICHAEL RILEY
untitled (six blurred spoons)
1992 (series: sacrifice)
chromatic pigment print
440mm H x 610mm W
Edition: 10

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MICHAEL RILEY
untitled (sugar, flour, tea)
1992 (series: sacrifice)
chromogenic pigment print
440mm H x 610mm W
Edition: 10

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MICHAEL RILEY
untitled (single fish, cracked earth)
1992 (series: sacrifice)
chromogenic pigment print
440mm H x 610mm W
Edition: 10

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MICHAEL RILEY
untitled (poppies)
1992 (series: sacrifice)
chromogenic pigment print
440mm H x 610mm W
Edition: 10

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MICHAEL RILEY
untitled (water, blurred)
1992 (series: sacrifice)
chromogenic pigment print
440mm H x 610mm W
Edition: 10

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MICHAEL RILEY
untitled (group of fish on paper)
1992 (series: sacrifice)
chromogenic pigment print
440mm H x 610mm W
Edition: 10

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IVY DRILL
Yarrunga (Chinamen's Garden)
2012
natural ochre and pigment on canvas
600mm H x 600mm W
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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GORDON BARNEY
Gurndalngany
2012
natural ochre and pigment on linen
1200mm H x 1800mm W (diptych)
PRIVATE COLLECTiON

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MABEL JULI
Wardel and Garnkiny
2012
natural ochre and pigment on canvas
800mm H x 800mm W
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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MICHAEL RILEY
untitled (cloud sky)
1992 (series: sacrifice)
chromogenic pigment print
440mm H x 610mm W
Edition: 10

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MICHAEL RILEY
untitled (single fish on grass)
1992 (series: sacrifice)
chromogenic pigment print
440mm H x 610mm W
Edition: 10

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MICHAEL RILEY
untitled (cross on chest)
1992 (series: sacrifice)
chromogenic pigment print
440mm H x 610mm W
Edition: 10

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MICHAEL RILEY
untitled (lilies)
1992 (series: sacrifice)
chromogenic pigment print
610mm H x 440mm W
Edition: 10

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MICHAEL RILEY
untitled (crucifix)
1992 (series: sacrifice)
chromogenic pigment print
610mm H x 440mm W
Edition: 10

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MICHAEL RILEY
untitled (palms with stigmata)
1992 (series: sacrifice)
chromogenic pigment print
610mm H x 440mm W
Edition: 10

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4 Aboriginal Artists: Another Country
April 2013
Installation View

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4 Aboriginal Artists: Another Country
April 2013
Installation View

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4 Aboriginal Artists: Another Country
April 2013
Installation View

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4 Aboriginal Artists: Another Country
April 2013
Installation View