born 1966 Alice Springs, Northern Territory
As a contemporary Australian artist engaged with the representation of abstraction, Diena Georgetti draws on art history, architecture, design and fashion, categorised from books and the internet. These diverse sources provide her repository of images, although any specific identification of their origin is difficult to pin down. Georgetti’s creative process of this mid-2000s period centres on the juxtaposition and sampling of abstract styles which refer to such early modernist aesthetics as the collaged layering of synthetic cubism or the pictorial structuring of Russian constructivist paintings. Her titles complement this reordering and reinvention of styles to suit her creative purpose and exemplify her particular working method.
Diena Georgetti BLOK PLASTIK/Division 2007. Synthetic polymer paint on pegboard, 49.5 x 44.4 cm. State Art Collection, Art Gallery of
Western Australia. Purchased through the TomorrowFund, Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2014.
born c1947 Texas Downs Station, Western Australia
Churchill Cann has a distinct visual language within the Warmun vernacular, combining traditional cultural narratives with his own personal experiences of working the country as a stockman and station hand. In his purposeful documentation of country, Cann uses translucent earth pigments and ochres that seem to strip back the land to reveal its layers and almost corporeal structure. The small dotting, the thicker edges where the ochre and earth pigments meet, lend the works a line-drawing or sketch-like quality. Cann demonstrates his material finesse by his command of this difficult medium, revealing a pragmatic awareness of the landscape and its contours, made by ancestral figures.
Rover Thomas and other Warmun artists shared a painted vision of the world that was solid, masculine and robust. Cann takes these ideas further, showing a sensitivity and awareness of a hidden world which has not previously been seen, taking Warmun art to the next step of its evolution. His work connects and transforms other works by artists from Warmun in the State Art Collection by pushing the style boundaries of the Warmun art practice.
Churchill (Yoonany) Cann was born on Texas Downs Station in 1947. He moved around his country and also worked on Alice Downs, Mabel Downs, Spring Creek and Lissadel Stations – names synonymous with depictions of country by Warmun artists. Alongside the well-known artist Patrick Mung Mung, he eventually moved to Turkey Creek (Warmun Community), and there he began to paint with his close friend Rover Thomas and with Jack Britten, Hector Jandany, Henry Wambini and other, now significant male artists.
Victory Hole 2012. Natural ochres and pigment on canvas,
150.0 x 150.0 cm.
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia.
established 2008, South Australia
works Adelaide, South Australia
Comprising Adelaide designers Daniel To and Emma Aiston, DANIEL.EMMA is one of Australia’s most exciting design practices. The pair is known for the rich simplicity of their functional and non-functional production and one-off objects. Cherry on the bottom is an excellent example of their recent exploration of furniture and lighting forms. With a fresh spirit of playfulness combined with a concern for the integrity of their material components, this work is a contemporary extension of twentieth century modernism’s focus on pared-back construction and ‘fitness for purpose’. Indeed, in many ways Cherry on the bottom is a faithful present-day reverberation of the spirit of Charles and Ray Eames whose modern outlook had a similarly optimistic quality. DANIEL.EMMA extend this however in the composition of more blocky forms that foreground more strongly the material and its connections to present-day minimal practices and trends in interior design. In doing so, this object adds to the Gallery’s holdings of DANIEL.EMMA’s work that includes two series of desktop objects as well as furniture by the Eames, Rietveld, Mogensen and Australian makers such as Jon Goulder and Khai Liew.
DANIEL.EMMA Cherry on the bottom 2013. 3mm opal acrylic (diffuser), powdercoated spun aluminium (shade), polished, cherry red lacquered, machined aluminium (ball), 40.0 x 30.0 x 30.0 cm. State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia. Purchased through the TomorrowFund,
Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2014
born 1877 Hamburg, Germany
Hans Heysen Lengthening shadows 1933. Watercolour on paper, 27.0 x 39.5 cm. State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia.
Gift of the Estate of Ms Margaret Campbell Dawbarn, 2014.