International & Indigenous artists collaborate and celebrate NAIDOC 2012
OPENS: JULY 5 – 6.30pm
Artists: Adnate, lucy lucy, Slicer, Robyn Latham, Kamahi Djordon King, Peter Waples-Crowe
FUSION is an exciting collaboration of six Artists (three Indigenous plus three non-Indigenous) to produce a work in situ at Blak Dot Gallery. The site specific artwork will be on show for three weeks, with only a small section of the work made available for purchase while the majority of which will be erased at the completion of the exhibition period.
Three members of the International graffiti collective ‘Awol Crew’: Adnate, Lucy Lucy and Slicer, collaborate with three contemporary Indigenous artists: Robyn Latham, Kamahi Djordon King and Peter Waples-Crowe, to create works both on the gallery walls and canvases.
Part of the show’s premis will be to highlight the commencement of ‘Naidoc Week 2012’. Celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life.”
Collaboration’s are nothing new to the world of graffiti, with artists working on back to back piece’s to create new and varied expressions of the style to enhance or showcase diversity of skills and voices. This device will be explored between the participating artists as work is organically layered and fused to achieve the final outcome. Each artist will be bringing their own unique handwriting to the work to create what could be labelled a conversation in ink and acrylic.
As an Indigenous-run artspace, the use of Blak Dot reinforces some of the galleries key objectives to foster up and coming Indigenous artists and find new ways to host collaborations with artists from all cultures. FUSION holds layers of meaning for the space, the participating artists and the ensuing artwork.
The fleeting nature of the work requires it to be recorded for future reference but also stresses the importance of viewing the show up front to experience it personally during its all too brief existence.