Last days: Streets of Papunya & Out of the Matrix exhibitions

Streets of Papunya: The reinvention of Papunya painting, installation image at RMIT Gallery by Tobias Titz.

Streets of Papunya: The reinvention of Papunya painting

This is your final chance to see the critically acclaimed exhibition Streets of Papunya: The reinvention of Papunya painting at RMIT Gallery – praised by The Age arts critic Robert Nelson for its beautiful and spellbinding works mostly by women artists.

The exhibition will end on Saturday 11 June at 5 pm. 

“Many of the paintings have a monumental character, such as the formidable black and white piece by Mary Roberts Nakamarra on the bush onion theme, Yalka Tjukurrpa, from 2015. Its strong graphic presence of contours that put pressure on one another activates the field with scintillating optical energy.” – Robert Nelson. Read more of his review.

Streets of Papunya, curated by Papunya art expert Vivien Johnson, is toured by UNSW Galleries, and celebrates the renaissance of painting that has occurred since the establishment of the Papunya Tjupi Arts Centre in 2007, now one of the best-known locations of art production in Central Australia. At RMIT Gallery, the exhibition features a selection of works loaned by private local collectors.

The exhibition can next be seen at ANU Drill Hall Gallery, from Friday 15 July to Sunday 14 August 2016, where it will include a wide selection of historical works drawn from the collections of ANU Anthropology and Archaeology and the College of Asia and the Pacific.

Out of the Matrix – printmaking exhibition

Ruth Johnstone, Common Garden: house to studio, Fitzroy 2014 – 2016 Installation view, unbound book: relief print, plant pigment and letterpress. Photo: Tobias Titz, RMIT Gallery, 2016.

“Printmakers skate between traditional and conceptual art” – Dylan Rainforth, The Age.

Don’t miss Out of the Matrix, the new printmaking exhibition which plays with printmaking qualities such as sameness and difference and features artists with a connection to RMIT who use the multiple as a springboard to wider concepts..such as printmaking and skateboarding!

Listen to Joel Gailer, a skateboarder and printmaker from Performprint talking to hosts Beth and Will on SYN Radio’s Art Smitten show about his involvement in a live art performance called “Bearings, beauty and irrelevance” that featured as part of RMIT Gallery’s exhibition Out of the Matrix.

The exhibition will end on Saturday 11 June at 5 pm. 

“Whilst each artist in this exhibition uses the matrix as a tool of reproduction they also, more importantly, approach the matrix—and with it discourses of print practice more broadly—as a point of departure.” – Curator Richard Harding.

Read Richard Harding’s essay in the lavishly photographed catalogue, available at RMIT Gallery for just $5.

Gallery Volunteer Camille Klose with the Out of the Matrix Catalogue, in front of Jazmina Cininas’, Micah, 2015.

What: Streets of Papunya: The reinvention of Papunya painting and Out of the Matrix

When: Exhibitions end 5 pm Saturday 11 June.

Where: RMIT Gallery, 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne.

Gallery information: RMIT Gallery is open Monday to Friday 11am–5pm, Thursday 11am–7pm, Saturday 12pm–5pm, and closed Sunday and public holidays.

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