Sixth Sense

Wednesday 17 August
1-2pm, NAS Gallery

­­This week’s Art Forum presents Djon Mundine OAM, Guest Curator of Sixth Sense, in conversation with exhibiting artists Fiona Foley and Karla Dickens.

Djon Mundine is a member of the Bandjalung people of northern New South Wales. He is an independent curator, writer, activist and occasional artist who has held prominent curatorial positions in many national and international institutions, including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and Queensland Art Gallery. Between 1979 and 1995 he was the Art Advisor at Milingimbi and Ramingining in the Northern Territory and in 1988 he conceived the land-mark project The Aboriginal Memorial, an installation of 200 hollow log coffins from central Arnhem Land, displayed permanently in the entrance foyer of the National Gallery of Australia.

Fiona Foley is a leading contemporary artist of the Badtjala people, Fraser Island, Queensland. She studied at the National Art School in the early 1980s and afterwards at Sydney College of the Arts and the University of Sydney. She is highly respected for her powerful works across a range of media, from installations to digital media and photography. Her permanent works include Edge of the Trees (1995) on the forecourt of the Sydney Museum, and she has numerous other important artworks in the public domain in Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney. In Sixth Sense Foley presents a major new work titled IOU (2016), a response to an extended visit to the Pilbara region in northwestern Australia.

Wiradjuri artist Karla Dickens was born in Sydney in 1967. She began her formal training as an artist at the National Art School in 1991, obtaining a Fine Arts Diploma in 1993 and a Bachelor in Fine Arts in 2000. Dickens’ sculptural works comprise found objects that she assembles and invests with powerful stories of physical interaction. She often incorporates text in her work. Through her numerous solo and group exhibitions, Dickens fosters a cross-cultural and intra-gender dialogue through contemporary art.

Fiona Foley, I . O . U . 2 0 1 6, Aluminium, charcoal, honey, size variable. Courtesy the artist and Andrew Baker Art Dealer