Anyone who goes to Poyntons Nursery and walks along the Maribyrnong River near Poyntons should include a visit to the Incinerator Gallery.
Incinerator Gallery is a great community space that runs workshops and provides a three gallery spaces. This gallery regularly includes installation art work as well as mixed media, which makes for interesting exhibitions; also they are not afraid to challenge the audience.
Rushdi Anwar is originally from Kurdistan and now based in Melbourne. His work titled “The Patterns of Displacement” involves a structure made from remnants of discarded UNHCR tents and a video of the Arbat Refugee camp in Iraq. It is a collaboration of works by Anwar, a refugee tailor and students/children in the camp. It will variously force you to consider what it means to be a refugee, bring a smile to your face and melancholy to your thoughts as you are also drawn to consider what the future might be for the students of this refugee school.
Group Exhibition “standing still; looking back, looking forward” is a celebration of “First Nations Identities” today. Through the artwork and the artists statements, this exhibition lets it be known that aboriginal art is not just about dot and x-ray paintings; that there has always been great variation in aboriginal art across a nation of multiple Aboriginal cultures. Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island artists are making their mark in both traditional and new media. Each artists has contributed one piece to the exhibition so I am not including images because that would give away the whole show. You need to visit the gallery to have the full experience of these 3 D / interactive art works.
Katie West has created a visual and aural installation “Body remembering – grinding stone”. This includes video and sounds of grinding of stone on rock and with birdsong in the background. It is tradition, process, intergenerational knowledge passed on, rhythmic and could become hypnotic.
Ashley Perry has created a beautiful, simple yet powerful imagery that so very easily relates to her artist statements. It all makes sense. Her artists statement tells of her grandmothers experiences, how their collective history is shared through generations. This 3D artwork represents story and place. Ashley and Katie’s works, succeed individually and side by side make sense together.
Amala Groom and Nicole Monks have collaborated to make a video. It is a simple video with a lovely vista and a sound track loop of dialogue in the Wiradjuri and Yamatji Wajarri language groups. It relaxes, because Groom and Monks (in the video) are relaxed in the land, beside each other speaking their language. They have created a sense of place, a special place, even though there is nothing to identify the place. It just is where it is.
Brad Darkson (also known as Brad Harkin) has you looking at a screen and wearing a headset. Dean Cross has used photography to capture the smashing of a colonial insult to the First Nations people. Read their artists statements for context and to understand that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, our First Nation peoples, cannot be ‘categorised’ in a box covered with painted dots and are not all alike.