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Exhibition

string theory: Focus on contemporary Australian art

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16 August-27 October 2013

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string theory: Focus on contemporary Australian art has now finished.

Frances Djulibing, Yukuwa feather string yam vine (detail) 2013, Museum of Contemporary Art, purchased 2013, image courtesy and © the artist, photograph: Alex Davies

Tjanpi Desert Weavers, MINYMA PUNU KUNGKARANGKALPA 2013, Image courtesy and © Tjanpi Desert Weavers and NPY Women’s Council

Tony Albert, Optimism #2 2008, type C photograph, image courtesy the artist and Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney © the artist

Robyn Djunginy, Bottles 2013, pandanus, natural dyes, image courtesy the artist and Bula’bula Arts, Ramingining © the artist, photograph: Alex Davies

Evelyn McGreen, Wawu Bajin Whukay/basket for cherry and yam 2009, image courtesy the artist, Hope Vale Arts & Cultural Centre and FireWorks Gallery © the artist

Yarrenyty Arltere Artists, Little Dingi (still) 2012, DVD, photograph: Adrian Warburton

Regina Pilawuk Wilson, Syaw (fish net) 2008, synthetic polymer on canvas on canvas, Private collection, Sydney, image courtesy the artist, Durrmu Arts and Michael Reid Sydney © the artist

Lipaki Marlaypa, Raki 2013, hand-made string, Museum of Contemporary Art, purchased 2013, image courtesy and © the artist, photograph: Alex Davies

Leanne Kickett, Silky 2011, clothing, knitting, cotton, image courtesy the Noongar Doll Makers and CAN WA, © the Noongar Doll Makers

Cherie Abednego, Bush Boy 2011, clothing, knitting, cotton, image courtesy the Noongar Doll Makers and CAN WA © the Noongar Doll Makers

‘string theory’ is a scientific term that speculates on the theory of everything. In this exhibition, we take it to mean the open-ended expansion and connections of ideas, stories and techniques.

See extraordinary pieces from a diverse range of Aboriginal artists working with expanded notions of textile and craft traditions. From sculpture to photography, painting to video.

Curated by MCA Senior Curator, Glenn Barkley, the work of over 30 artists and artist groups, many of whom will be new to audiences, is featured. Artworks made especially for this exhibition include Yukuwa (Feather string yam vine) by Frances Djulibing and one hundred metres of hand-made string by artists from Yirrkala.

Presented in the largest exhibition space on Level 3, string theory will include its very own shop, giving you the opportunity to take home the works of exhibiting artists as well as a range or work by other makers.

Artists included in string theory are: Tony Albert, Jean Baptiste Apuatimi , Boolarng Nangamai Aboriginal Art & Culture Studio, Frances Djulibing, Robyn Djunginy, Lola Greeno, Dale Harding, Evelyn McGreen, Lipaki Marlyapa, Dhundhunga 2 Munungurr, Noongar Doll Makers, Laurie Nilsen, Alison Page, Regina Pilawuk Wilson, Jimmy Pike, Yarrenyty Arltere Artists, Tasmanian Shell Necklace Makers, Tjanpi Desert Weavers, Vicki West, Warrambool Dreaming – Lighting Ridge, Yirrkala Printmakers

Tjanpi Desert Weavers’ project has been supported by Gandel Philanthropy and the Nelson Meers Foundation.

Noongar Doll Makers’ project has been supported by CANWA.