2013 Acquisitions

 

Daniel.Emma

established 2008, South Australia

In their relatively short career, Daniel.Emma have honed a precise and focused aesthetic with a focus that has been on creating functional desk-top items. Their work can be seen as a new century interpretation of Bruno Murani’s modernist design principles. Murani’s own stationery objects reflected his desire to reduce all superficial and unnecessary detail. While Daniel.Emma say that they try to make work that is ‘simply nice’, this statement must be understood as a quirky update of the classic modern design imperative - ‘rightness of purpose’. In addition, each object has a precise presence as it channels modernist dreams of order and clean functionality to ensure the desktop is a place of calm.

 

DANIEL.EMMA
D.E vessels 2012
wood, aluminium, steel, brass, bronze, resin
12 units: dimensions variable
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Purchased through the Peter Fogarty Design Fund,
Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2013


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Blanche Tilden

born 1968 Kiama, New South Wales
works Melbourne, Victoria

Melbourne-based jeweller Blanche Tilden creates simple, yet finely made, necklaces and bracelets composed of glass and metal. Often, these are inspired by architectural formations as she condenses the ways certain buildings occupy space and address engineering challenges so they can be comfortably worn on the body.

This neckpiece was inspired by the Empire State Building in New York City, erected in 1931, and for many years the tallest building in New York and the world. The hanging pendant evokes the upper shape of this iconic building. In her simplification of this form, Tilden also charts parallels between the design at the Empire State Building and the aesthetic of art nouveau and art deco that it was a product of.

Blanche Tilden
Empire III (necklace) 2012
titanium, blackened 925 silver
25 x 3 x 1 cm
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Purchased through the TomorrowFund,
Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2013

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Bede (Ampuruwaiuah) Tutuulum


born 1952 Bathurst Island, Northern Territory
Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory
Language: Tiwi / Yaringapila

From the time Bede Tuutulum was a little boy he watched his father, famous sculptor Gabriel Tungutalum, carving pukumani poles and birds from ironwood, and learnt how to carve and cut woodblocks for printing. Now that most of the senior ceremonial carvers have passed away, Tuutulum has become a leading authority on Tiwi artistic traditions.

This work is highly significant. Having been incorrectly named by non-Indigenous arts workers as Bede Tungutalum, the artist in this work asserts his true identity. It is a depiction of the traditional Tiwi mask that selected initiated men wear when participating in ceremony. A self-portrait, the artist’s eyes peer from behind the mask, the upright spear and body markings making a strong statement about the character of the wearer.

Bede Tutuulum
My name is Tutuulum 2011
wood block print
33.5 x 23.5 cm (image) 45 x 33.2 cm (paper)
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Purchased through the TomorrowFund,
Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2013

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