Ngabindiyi dulmarra (measured pressure): Michael Riley and Lorraine Connelly-Northey
Wagga Wagga Art Gallery acknowledges the Wiradjuri nation who are the traditional custodians of the lands on which the gallery stands.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this exhibition contains images and footage of people who have passed away.
Wagga Wagga Art Gallery is deeply honoured and excited to present the exhibition, Ngabindiyi dulmarra (measured pressure): Michael Riley and Lorraine Connelly-Northey. Both Michael Riley and Lorraine Connelly-Northey are visionary Wiradjuri/Waradgerie artists of national significance. This exhibition brings together new works and significant pieces from the artist’s oeuvre, demonstrating the range and creativity of these two Wiradjuri artists, one male and one female, one from the North and one from the South of Wiradjuri Country.
Born in Dubbo in northern Wiradjuri country, the late Michael Riley (1960-2004) is recognised as one of Australia’s most important landscape and portraiture photographers and filmmakers. The works he created showcase his skill as a passionate and gifted photographer and filmmaker, encompassing portraiture, social documentary, photocollage as well as a number of conceptual and allegorical series. His work provides a strong sense of intimacy, inherently challenging the negative portrayal of ‘otherness’ in historical ethnographic portraiture. Riley’s voice, his sense of beauty and the clarity and hypnotic nature of his imagery is unmistakable amidst this diversity. Many of these images are now icons of Australian contemporary art. Riley was a founding member of Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Cooperative. He exhibited in major Australian and international biennials and his works are held in major collections such as the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of NSW and the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art.
Lorraine Connelly-Northey’s early inspiration for her art practice came from walking country of her childhood environments, the Mallee and Riverina, of Swan Hill, North-Western Victoria. She continues to be inspired on Waradgerie (Wiradjuri) country creating innovative objects and installations out of found materials that relate to the history and culture of her people on southern Waradgerie country. Connelly-Northey combines her knowledge of culture including, coil weaving, to transform abandoned industrial and found organic, such as corrugated iron and fencing wire, feathers and shells, into traditional forms such as bush bowls and bags. Connelly-Northey is an artist of national significance. Her works have been acquired by major collecting institutions including the National Gallery of Victoria, Koorie Heritage Trust and National Gallery of Australia.
Through their varied mediums and techniques both artists depict Wiradjuri/Waradgerie identity, capturing the enduring sense of beauty amid decay that lies at its heart. Together, these artists help sculpt our understanding of what it means to be Wiradjuri today.
Tuesday - Saturday: 10am - 4pm
Sunday: 10am - 2pm
Please join us for the launch of Ngabindiyi dulmarra (measured pressure): Michael Riley and Lorraine Connelly-Northey at 11am on Saturday 10 November. This will be followed by a panel discussion with practitioners, curators and elders. Everyone is welcome to attend.
RSVP appreciated for catering purposes.
Image: Lorraine Connelly-Northey (Waradgerie), Lap Lap 2011, copper strips and cut sheet metal, 24 x 86 x 5 cm. Murray Art Museum Albury collection, gift of the artist, 2011
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