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... / Jonathan Jones 'untitled (giran)' is a murmuration of winged sculptures. Made of almost 2,000 sculptures, Jonathan Jones’s 'untitled (giran)' is reminiscent of a map of intersecting wind currents, evoking birds in flight, and knowledge, change and new ideas circling above our heads. The work draws on the Wiradjuri concept of giran which describes the winds, change, as well as feelings of fear and apprehension.
Traditional tools are at the heart of the artwork. Bound to each tool with handmade string is a small bundle of feathers (tiny ‘wings’) – found treasures – carefully gathered and sent to Jones by people from across the country.
The circling murmuration of flying ‘birds’ is composed of six tool types – bagaay – an emu eggshell spoon, bindu-gaany – a freshwater mussel scraper, waybarra – a weaving start, bingal – a bone awl, dhala-ny – a wooden spear point, and galigal – a stone knife. Each tool has limitless potential.
Jonathan Jones, Artist, Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi peoples, Australia b.1978
Dr Uncle Stan Grant Snr AM, Cultural advisor and speaker of recorded Wiradjuri , Wiradjuri people, Australia b.1940
'untitled (giran)' 2018
Bindu-gaany (freshwater mussel shell), gabudha (rush), gawurra (feathers), marrung dinawan (emu egg), walung (stone), wambuwung dhabal (kangaroo bone), wayu (string), wiiny (wood) on wire pins, 48-channel soundscape, eucalyptus oil
1742 pieces (comprising 291 Bindu-gaany; 290 Galigal; 292 Bagaay; 291 Dhalany; 280 Bingal; 298 Waybarra)
Purchased 2018 with funds from Tim Fairfax AC through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation
Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art
© Jonathan Jones
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; the NSW Government through Create NSW; and the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund. This project has also been supported by Carriageworks through the Solid Ground program.
ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF COUNTRY
The Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) acknowledges the Turrbal and Yugara (Jagera) peoples who are the traditional custodians of the land upon which the Gallery stands in Brisbane. We pay respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander elders past and present and, in the spirit of reconciliation, acknowledge the immense creative contribution Indigenous people make to the art and culture of this country.
Exclusive to QAGOMA, the latest chapter in the Gallery’s flagship exhibition series 'The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art' includes new and recent work by more than 80 emerging and established artists and collectives from more than 30 countries. APT presents a wonderful opportunity for visual artists from across Australia and the Asia Pacific to collaborate and share works that are a powerful expression of their cultures and experiences.
Free, and curated for audiences of all ages, 'The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art' (APT9) is presented across both the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) and Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA).
The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT9) / Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) Brisbane Australia / 24 Nov 2018 – 28 Apr 2019
APT9 has been assisted by our Founding Supporter Queensland Government and Principal Partner the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.
Source: QAGOMA APT Archive
© Queensland Art Gallery Board of Trustees, 2018
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