This is the first solo exhibition in Queensland of Cairns-born, Sydney-based artist Daniel Boyd.
Boyd's eponymous exhibition features in The Green Room, our ongoing project platform, running from 20 February through 24 March. Boyd’s acclaimed practice deftly layers colonial history, European modernism and its connections to the Pacific, and the subtle interplay between lenses and techniques of Western and Indigenous art of Australia.
The exhibition offers a close look at the artist's ongoing interest in maps; keys for unlocking land, sea, sky and the great unknown. Through a combination of oil, charcoal, and archival glue on canvas, Boyd builds up complex layers of dots and overlays them with simple line drawings—ambiguous symbols that reference at once ceremonial mark-making, navigational charts, and modernist appropriations of the Pacific.
The effect is a dense celestial scene recalling deep space and deep time. Indeed, Boyd’s paintings span the concrete time of colonial history, the teleological time of modernism, the scientific and philosophical time of cosmology and the ‘everywhen’ time of Aboriginal Dreaming. Yet underlying this sublime surface is a pointed critique of the way explorers, colonisers, and First Inhabitants alike used mapping to impose their worldview on the stars.
Notes to the Editor
Daniel Boyd lives and works in Sydney. Boyd is a descendant of the Kudjla/Gangalu peoples from Far North Queensland. Selected solo exhibitions include Station; Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, 2014; Artspace; Glasshouse Port Macquarie Regional Gallery, 2013; Tin Sheds Gallery, University of Sydney; National History Museum, London, 2012; Uplands Gallery, 2010. His works are held in national and international collections, including National Gallery of Australia; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Art Gallery of New South Wales; National Gallery of Victoria; and National History Museum, London. In 2014 Boyd received the Bulgari Art Award for his painting Untitled (2014).
The Green Room was launched in 2015, and is an ongoing project platform that highlights projects with a connection to our region. It is a mutable rather than fixed space, inhabiting different parts and aspects of the IMA;
Since its establishment in 1975, the IMA has been a leading venue for the production, presentation, and circulation of contemporary art in Australia;
The IMA focuses on commissioning new works by Australian and international artists at pivotal points in their practices, and connecting underrepresented artists with wider audiences;
The IMA is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, and from the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council for the Arts, and through the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian Federal, State, and Territory Governments. The IMA is a member of Contemporary Art Organisations Australia (CAOs);
For more information about Daniel Boyd, or to request high res images, please contact IMA Communications Officer, Nadia Buick, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call +61 (0)7 3252 5750.