Artist discusses his identity and culture through his art
Discover first-hand how Robert Andrew's family history has inspired the three new works created for Museum of Brisbane's "Our Mutable Histories" in this special artist talk discussing the complexities of identity and the varied and inconsistent nature of history. His free exhibition continues until 16 July 2017.
Robert Andrew is an indigenous artist whose work explores his Australian indigenous history through his installation-based practice. Hailing from Western Australia, he relocated to Brisbane in 2000. He has a Bachelor of Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art, Fine Art Honours and is currently completing his Doctorate in in Visual Arts at QCA, Griffith University.
His performative work "Ground Up" uses electromechanical process (a palimpsest machine) to create a large scale landscape. The ochres, oxides, chalk and water are constantly building this progressive art work. While it is fascinating to watch the process, I can't wait to see what is revealed in the final stage.
Data Stratification by Robert Andrew (image by the writer)
"Data Stratification" is a kinetic installation that employs a mechanical process and text as a stimulus. This references this year's NAIDOC theme which is "Our Languages Matter". The haunting sound and the shadow-play cast by the ochre-dipped branches, mother-of-pearl and rocks are constantly changing. This compels one to linger and repeat visits encouraged. Tip: Ngaligarra means You Listen!
White was over the burn by Robert Andrew (image by writer)
"White wash over the burn" 2017 consists of multiple white-washed boards from the artist's Brisbane home (circa 1865). The timber has been charred and overlaid with ochres and oxides and then carved with text.
"Beautiful and powerful" (Phil Manning, Curator MoB)