Illusions Of History

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You are invited to the opening of our SALA exhibitions 'Illusions of History' and 'Soft-Machine Buzz'!

Ali Gumillya Baker
Sue Kneebone
Paul Sloan
Sera Waters

In ‘Illusions of History’, the artists turn to Australian colonial histories and respond to themes with a personal narrative. Collectively the artists examine challenging pasts, often altering and filling in the gaps to understand ancestral bygones. Working across a range of media, anecdotes are shared as the audience is offered a sincere understanding of respective legacy and Australiana.

ALI GUMILLYA BAKER is a Mirning woman from the Nullarbor whose work takes on many forms, including performance, film and photography, and seeks to shift colonial gaze and examine sovereignty. Referencing ancestral challenges and confronting invasion, Baker states that, “We have the weight of colonialism in our hair”.

SUE KNEEBONE’s take is a darker look at landscape, contrasting brutality and gentrification and inspiring a broader investigation of the colonising period. Her work reflects an admixture of the genteel entangled with the darker undercurrents of the lives of colonial ancestors.

PAUL SLOAN examines how our colonial past – as lived experience and art historical influence – affects the present. His work interrogates how we understand ourselves in relation to objects of a colonial past. Using humorous contemporary iconography, Sloan unpacks a traditional view of national identity.

SERA WATERS describes her use of traditional techniques of braiding, stitching, drilling, rolling, finger knitting, needle-working as, “from within (or within the reach) of home”. Together, these artworks are the beginning of a series exploring the remnants left behind by her ancestors dating back to 1860.

James L Marshall

'Soft-Machine Buzz' presents the latest work from a three-year exploration into contemporary abstraction from JAMES L MARSHALL. The exhibition presents a series of abstract paintings that created digitally and printed commercially. While previous works were often filled with saturated colour, Marshall has limited the palette of 'Soft-Machine Buzz' to black and white. Black is notoriously difficult to photograph, so by creating monochrome abstractions Marshall preferences the physical experience of art-viewing, rather than today's dominant mode of swiping through photographic documentation online. The viewer has to see the work in person to pick up on the subtleties of its gradients.

Please come join us in celebrating these fantastic South Australian artists!
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By: Hugo Michell Gallery

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