Confluence exhibition brings artists together
Above, left to right: work by Dunstone Design, Mary Brown Napangardi and Hape Kiddle.
"Confluence is the meeting of the mind, the hands, and the material", says Evan Dunstone. "Hape Kiddle is one of Australia’s most celebrated carvers, refining a language in shape and form that reflects his deep connection to the natural world. When Hape and I saw Mary's pared-back Western Desert art, we knew her work would complement the pieces we were planning. Her new collection represents stories and Tjukurrpa in paint, an attempt to bring the work back to the symbols and iconography found in petroglyphs at rock sites across her Warlpiri Homelands."
"Before I was a furniture designer/maker, I was a bush pilot", explains Evan Dunstone. "At different times I was based in Bourke, Dubbo and Augustus Downs (100km south of Bourketown in the Gulf). One of my favorite jobs was flying mining equipment from Adelaide 'straight-up-the-guts' to Mt Isa. We would then fly on to Normanton and pick up a load of mud crabs and fly back to our home-base in Dubbo. I’ve looked down on the arid interior of Australia from 9,000 feet and seen the landscape depicted in Mary’s paintings."
"This is a chance for us to show our work as a true collection. Confluence is a collection of the work that excites us. We have used our best timbers and we have made work that is un-restrained. This is our aesthetic, our thoughts on craftsmanship and our love of timber as a medium on full display. This is the furniture that we want to live with."
The exhibition runs from Saturday October 2 to Sunday October 10, 2021 at Luci.D Interiors, 3/458 Argyle Street, Moss Vale NSW. Hape Kiddle and Evan Dunstone will give a floor talk on Sunday October 3, which will be a free, but ticketed event due to COVID 19 restrictions.