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Title

What's left behind

2018

Artist

Brook Andrew

Australia

1970 -

Language group

Wiradjuri, Southern Riverine region

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  • Details

    Date
    2018
    Media categories
    Installation , Sculpture , Time-based art
    Materials used
    mixed media installation
    Dimensions
    display dimensions variable
    Credit
    Purchased with funds donated by Geoff Ainsworth AM and Johanna Featherstone 2018
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    442.2018.1-167
    Copyright
    © Brook Andrew. Courtesy the artist and Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
    Artist information
    Brook Andrew

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    Brook Andrew’s work calls into question dominant accounts of history, often by using found images and museum-like display structures.

    The sculptural vitrines in 'What’s left behind' each represent an element – water, air, fire, earth and metal – conjuring environmental forces. The archives they house, by contrast, suggest an approach to knowing and ordering the world that revolves around objects and documents.

    Many of the materials that Andrew has assembled refer to global narratives of colonisation. The relations between them are deliberately unfixed. By dispensing with historical conventions like classification and chronology, the work points to the different meanings that can attach to objects as they move between contexts and are subject to shifting agendas.

    The inflatable forms are covered in Andrew’s signature black-and-white graphic patterning, adapted from Wiradjuri shield designs and dendroglyphs. Like giant globes, they seem to propose a new world order.

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