Hour At The Museum: Antipodean Inquiry at Yavuz Gallery

Emerge (2015), by Tamara Dean. PHOTOS: YAVUZ GALLERY

Antipodean Inquiry is a presentation of contemporary artworks by leading artists from Australia and New Zealand. This show reflects their concerns, moving beyond the perception that art from these nations always features landscapes.


By David Noonan, silkscreen and linen collage, 206x146cm

The Australian artist is known for his collage- based screen prints, which use imagery to create dramatic and surreal scenes. This work encapsulates the romanticism of Japanese theatre.

BIG NODE #27 (2015)

By Andre Hemer, acrylic and pigment on canvas, 120x90cm

The New Zealand painter's work explores the intersection between digital media and the traditional painted object.

Emerge (2015)

By Tamara Dean, photograph on archival fibre based cotton rag, 150x150cm

The Australian photographer's works explore the relationship between humans and the natural world and the role that ritual plays in our lives. Her work is based on subjects experiencing and engaging with their environments and emotions.

  • WHERE: Yavuz Gallery, 02-23, 9 Lock Road

    MRT: Labrador Park

    WHEN: Till March 5, 11am to 7pm (Tuesday to Saturday), 1 to 5pm (Sunday), Monday and public holiday by appointment only



By Joan Ross, single-channel digital video with sound, 7:38

Australia's colonial past is the subject of this animation featuring indigenous people and animals emerging from 18th-century landscapes before blending into them without a trace. Newly arrived settlers are portrayed in harsh fluorescent yellow.


By Lucas Grogan, ink and acrylic on wood, 60x60cm

The Australian artist's Formula Painting series playfully skewers the art world. In this work, the text reads: "This is a performance piece that you shuffle nervously around whilst on your way to the bar."


By Penny Byrne, porcelain with 24-karat gold gilding, variable dimensions

These life-sized AK-47 machine guns are replicated in porcelain and gilded with 24-karat gold, a commentary by the Australian sculptor on international politics and popular culture.


By Lindy Lee, bronze, 100cm diameter

The Australian artist's practice explores her Chinese roots through the beliefs of Taoism and Buddhism. This work draws on the traditional Chinese technique of "flung-ink painting", which is considered an act of renewal where all that is held inside oneself is released.


By Danie Mellor, c-print on metallic photographic paper, 90cm diameter

This work by the Australian artist is part of a series of rainforest landscapes depicting the migration patterns of tropical plants and their similarities to how people and culture move and respond to their environment.

Nabilah Said

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 05, 2016, with the headline Antipodean Inquiry at Yavuz Gallery. Subscribe