Dorothy Napangardi / John Reynolds
07 March–25 April 200907 Mar–25 Apr 2009
This show places the paintings of Dorothy Napangardi and John Reynolds in conversation. An experimental Warlpiri artist from Mini Mina, Napangardi paints her country without recourse to traditional family iconography, inventing her own language to portray her country. Her paintings are filigrees of dotted lines that optically expand and contract, collide and implode. ‘Her view is constantly changing: one painting giving an aerial perspective; the next being as if she has placed a microscope to the ground.’ Auckland painter John Reynolds is known for his drawing-based paintings, many of which present fields of broken lines. Reynolds is known for mashing abstraction and language, conflating history painting and landscape, interweaving the ‘primitive’ and the digital, and playing on withheld meaning.