At each of these exhibitions, I usually have a few favourite pieces. Here are some from this exhibition:
The installation, 'Cloud' (2009) by the Thai artist Wit Pimkanchanapong was also stunning in its simplicity – hundreds of sheets of photocopy paper clipped with paper clips onto string and strung high up across the main gallery.
It's an interesting and meditative interactive work which everyone seemed to enjoy immensely, especially the children. Here's some more information.
Our gallery also runs wonderful children's art activities in conjunction with all major exhibitions, in which the child in me always enjoys participating! This was one of Zizi's favourites at APT6. She loved contributing to this artwork (below) by placing some stickers on the originally all-white Buddhas. She also enjoyed the work with white strings above and got into the spirit of things by dancing with Mama and Papa in the Pacific Reggae exhibit.
There's information about the APT6 exhibition, the artists featured, and images of one of each their works, through this link
Another enjoyable exhibition in the Queensland Art Gallery following the APT6 was 'Hats: An Anthology' by Stephen Jones, which I hadn't been very excited about seeing but really liked when I did eventually get to see it. The hats were amazing and it was fun to see people wandering around the gallery, around town, and even backpackers on bicyces, sporting the hats they'd made from paper, cardboard, feathers etc, at the activity associated with the exhibition. I even spotted some ladies from the Red Hat Society decked out in their finest for their visit to the exhibition (below).
Other exhibitions I've enjoyed include 13 works from the amazing Ron Mueck.
On my return from Europe last year 'The China Project' was showing at GoMA, featuring works from the gallery's permanent collection of Chinese contemporary art, many of which have been shown in previous APTs, including these exquisite Ah Xian figures, of which the gallery owns several. Ah Xian is a Chinese/Australian artist who does exquisite work using traditional Chinese techniques in porcelain, cloisonné, bronze and jade.
Centre: Ah Xian | China/Australia b.1960 l porcelain head (GoMA permanent collection)
And a scarily beautiful installation by Angela Elsworth (USA) called 'Seer Bonnets':
I also discovered another indigenous artist whose work I enjoyed, Lorraine Connelly-Northey, who works with rusted metal and wire, materials that I like to work with also.