- Other Title
- Metaphysical landscape II
- Place where the work was made
- Media category
- Materials used
- oil and acrylic on canvas
- 35.0 x 35.0 cm each panel; 117.5 x 80.0 x 6.5 cm frame
- Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
- Wendy Barron Bequest Fund 2015
- Not on display
- Accession number
- © The Estate of Gordon Bennett
- Artist information
Works in the collection
Gordon Bennett is one of the most provocative and interesting contemporary artists to address issues of cultural identity, Aboriginality and social attitudes in Australia in recent times. His work has also frequently addressed the work of other artists who have referred to Aboriginality in their practice. Bennett's own cultural identity is fluid and he has identified as both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal as a political point addressing his own positioning with the contemporary Australian art world.
Within ‘Metaphysical landscape no 2' 1990 Bennett provides a view of a vessel approaching the shoreline, from a vantage point dominated by a Xanthorrhea shrub, a plant native to Australia and formally black boys or spear grass. Rendered in a field of white dots, contrasted with black shadow work, the image provides an interesting comment of the history of Australia that is particularly relevant to Sydney. The work reflects Bennett's transition from an expressive painterly style to one that incorporates visual references to Western Desert art.
‘Metaphysical landscape no 2' 1990 and Bennett’s work more generally, is located within the specific histories of Aboriginal and Eurocentric relations within Australia, questioning the prevailing wisdom of these histories. As Bennett states: "I draw on the iconographical paradigm of Australian - and by extension European - art in a way that constitutes a kind of ethnographic investigation of a Euro-Australian system of representation in general, but which has focused on the representation on Aboriginal people in particular." - 1993.
Where the work was made
Other works by Gordon Bennett
Myth of the Western man (White man's burden) Gordon Bennett 1992 390.1993 On display – 20th-century galleries (lower level 1)
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