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JGM Gallery new exhibition: Yoi

February 21 @ 10:00 am - April 13 @ 6:00 pm

Yoi JGM gallery

JGM Gallery is delighted to present Yoi, an exhibition of works from the Munupi Aboriginal Arts & Crafts Association.

Featured are paintings by nine Munupi artists, each characterised and aligned by the expressive marks they employ. Often painted with natural ochres and a Pwoja Comb, these canvases possess a unique textural materiality. At first glance, they are seemingly asemic in appearance. For example, Alison Puruntatameri’s Winga, meaning “tidal movement” or “waves”, alludes to the rhythmic movement of the natural world. The result, free from a mimetic representation of reality, is inherently abstract in form. This expression of gestural energy offers a unique insight into the movement of the artist and, by extension, the human presence, out of which art emerges; the artist’s mark carries the testimony of its author and thus the identity of the artist themself.

Delving deeper into the mark-making techniques of Tiwi Art, one finds that they emanate a distinctly spiritual presence. Dancing, or “yoi”, plays a large part of life on the Tiwi Islands. Depictions of concentric circular motifs, as featured in Josephine Burak’s Milimika, outline the ceremonial dancing ground. Narrative dances are a key feature of ritual activity. They can depict both everyday life and historically significant events. During these dances, the participants paint their bodies with natural ochres, using designs that also appear on the canvases in Yoi. Once again, this brings into direct dialogue, movement and narrative, the body and language. In the words of Judith Ryan (Art and Australia, 1997): “For Tiwi people, to sing is to dance is to paint.”

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Start:
February 21 @ 10:00 am
End:
April 13 @ 6:00 pm
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JGM Gallery
24 Howie St
London, SW11 4AY United Kingdom
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