In this new art series from NITV we look at new and developing communities and collectives that are producing contemporary work that reflects the up and coming artistic development within the creative indigenous community, that up until now has had little exposure to a wider society. Presenting the work of various artists from each state and territory, “Colour Theory” demonstrates the incredible range of indigenous artistic expression and practice. Featuring works in a variety of media, including painting on bark and canvas, sculpture, textiles, weaving, new media, photo media, printmaking installation, dance and music. Shot on location in the many beautiful and varied places around Australia. Each half hour episode will explore the Artist’s affiliation with their Gallery or Art Centre, their connection to their country and how their culture inspires their modern form of art.
Reko Rennie Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay/Gummaroi man Reko Rennie was born in Melbourne in 1974. Receiving no formal training in the Arts, Colour Theory discovers how Reko’s teenage affair with Graffiti and Street Art has shaped Reko into being a recognized Contemporary Aboriginal Artist. Commissioned by the City of Melbourne, Reko’s work is splashed across our Southern City, as well as being recognized internationally in galleries. A fusion of traditional Aboriginal Art symbols and modern street art mediums and tools such as spray paint stenciling, we follow Reko in Melbourne and Walgett where he is connected to both areas and countries.
Glass Sculptor Yhonnie Scarce takes us on a journey to her country in Ceduna, South Australia where we visit the Nullabor Plains and discover her connection to Whale Dreaming. Back in her hometown in Melbourne and her glass blowing studio, Yhonnie shows us her methods of how she designs her highly sought after glass sculptures, we take a trip down funky Fitzroy where she finds many rare gems in stores which are off the beaten track, and check out the National Gallery of Victoria.
Set Designer Jacob Nash takes us back stage on Bangarra’s dance performance “Terrain” - A timeless wonder and spiritual resonance of Lake Eyre. Collaborating with David Page and Frances Rings, Jake takes us to Lake Eyre where his audience are transported through the performance, choreography, sound and vision of his design.
From Cardwell rainforest in Queensland, Tony Albert plays scrabble with political word play with his latest work “Pay Attention” which is apart of the National Art Gallery in Canberra’s Indigenous Triennial collection. We get inside the mind of an artist who captures the essence of displacement, racism as well as alienation, and symbolizes these in paintings and sculptures.
Lake Bonney provides Painter and Photographer, Nici Cumpston with the perfect landscape to capture with her camera and illustrate on massive canvases which are exhibited in the National Gallery in Canberra, Adelaide Art Gallery and the Adelaide Supreme Court. Barkindji woman, Nici captuers the images of the landscape and stagnant rivers and remains of tree stumps which symbolize a transition between life and death, Nici confronts issues of sustainability in a modern society and how this impacts a culture and people who were the custodians of these sacred places for thousands of years.
Sculptor and Musician Archie Moore opens his doors to the biblical works of art. Transforming bibles the from bound books to replica models of churches, Archie is On A Mission From God. Richard follows Archie who makes political statements of the Missions that are still standing in Australia, and visit Cherbourg Mission was produced as a part of his Mission from God exhibition.
Warwick Thornton From winning the Cannes D’Or award for Best Feature Film to Documenta with his latest exhibition of Mother Courage, Warwick Thornton talks about his deep connection to country, Alice Springs and his view of social disintegration of Indigenous culture in a modern society. A rare insight to one of the country’s most prestigious filmmakers turned photographer.
Staying true to tradition and her identity, Vicki collects kelp along the Tasmanian coast, which is used to weave her work and sculptures. Vicki takes us on a tour of the southern Island where she challenges the myth of extinction and weaves traditional art into the Tasmanian agriculture such as the Labyrinth in Launceston.