Australian Anosognosia
at
Woolloongabba Art Gallery
2017

This exhibition was the visual component of a submission for a Doctorate of Visual Arts degree at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.

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David on opening night, photographed by Cybele Cheers, 2017.

Thesis title: The Australian 'Settler' Colonial-Collective Problem

In this doctoral project, David engages with the particular problem that Kevin Gilbert wrote of in Because a White Man’ll Never Do It: the ‘sickness’ of ‘settler’ Australian society. Gilbert states,

“Remember that the Aborigine’s sickness has been forced upon him. Yours you not only tolerate, but [is] structured into the very fibres of your society.”[1]
 
All the work exhibited during this project interrogates, to different degrees, the key symptom of the societal sickness mentioned above: the denial or refusal of Australia’s violent foundation.

The ‘problem’, presented is the societal denial of the very violent nature of Australian national foundation, the normalisation of a denial cycle using revisionary practices, which has resulted in a limited or compromised idea national identity. This denial inhibits any social change or progress to a farce, where Australian national identity and society moves with each cycle of denial and revision into a state more and more dissociated from reality.

David's Indigenous heritage is his Dalungbarra heritage, identity, that traces through his father, grandmother, and her mother. His great-great-grandmother was known as Mary Anne Dalungdalee, who was born near Wanggoolba Creek on K’gari (Fraser Island), around the early 1800s.

David uses his art practice as a vehicle through which to critique institutionalised and everyday racism in Australia. His Butchulla, Dalungbarra, and more particularly Dalungdalee heritage informs the process and work in this DVA project as it is the resolve that drives all his visual practice.

[1] Kevin Gilbert, Because a White Man’ll Never Do It (Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1994), 11.
[2] Centre for Clinical Interventions, “The Vicious Cycle of Anxiety,” accessed 9 May 2017, http://www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/resources/docs/Info-Vicious%20Cycle%20of%20Anxiety.pdf.

The gallery below provides more detailed images of each artwork...

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Downloadable documents for those interested in a read...

A shortened version of David's exegesis
David's Doctoral Submission Exegesis

Printing a canoe, Laurie Nona at St Patrick's College, 2017

Early 2017 Ebony Russell contacted us. Laurie Nona had just completed a lino cutting workshop with Ebony's class at St Patrick's College in Townsville. Over 20 students participated, learning lino cutting techniques first hand from a master of the artform, Cr Laurie Nona.

Photographed by Ebony Russell, 2017 at Corvine Art Studio, Brisbane.

Ebony arrived in March with all the individual blocks, and after a day of printing the first proof was pulled with great success.

Photographed by Anastasia Jones, 2017 at Corvine Art Studio, Brisbane.

Their collaborative work was later to be displayed in the National Gallery of Australia during July 2017.

Photographed by Ebony Russell, 2017 at Corvine Art Studio, Brisbane.

Another print was then displayed at their St Patrick's College stall at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, 2017

Photograph supplied by Ebony Russell.

Photograph supplied by Ebony Russell.

Corvine art was very happy to be a part of this worthwhile project.

Printing for Sageraw Thonar: Stories from the Southeasterly Season, 2016

In 2016 David was commissioned by Badu Art Centre and KickArts Contemporary Arts, to print 16 proofs for the exhibition that took place during the Cains Indigenous Art Fair, 2016. The works produced are good examples of the large format possible at Corvine Art Studio.

Detail taken from photograph by Jon Linkins, of Joseph Au's lino print, Awiyal  2016.

Detail taken from photograph by Jon Linkins, of Aiona Tala Gaidan's lino print, Sageraw Baydham  2016.

Detail taken from photograph by Jon Linkins, of Matilda Malujewel Nona's lino print, Sarwur  2016.

Detail taken from photograph by Jon Linkins, of Cr Laurie Nona's lino print, Badhu Habaka  2016.

The images were sourced from the exhibition's publication... Alick Tipoti and Louise Martin-Chew, eds., Sageraw Thonar: Stories from the Southeasterly Season: Contemporary Expressions of Cultural Knowledge from Badu Art Centre (Cairns: KickArts Contemporary Arts, 2016).

In the photograph David is standing next to Tala Gaidan's Sageraw  Baydham, (a 2 meter linoleum block print) at the opening night of Sageraw Thonar:  Stories from the Southeasterly Season, at Kickarts 2016.

Early in 2016, Cr Laurie Nona, Matilda Nona and Tala Gaidan and Dian Darmansjah, master printmaker of Firebox Print Studio, arrived in Brisbane at Corvine Art Studio for a week of proofing the 16 blocks.

Although only 13 of the lino blocks were of two meters in length, all blocks had to be printed on the large format etching press. Although there were some problems to begin with a successful body of works was achieved.

The culmination was a stunning show at KickArts in Cairns, curated by Director of KickArts, Justin Bishop.

Photograph by Anastasia Jones, Cairns, 2016.

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DAVID JONES
Curriculum Vitae

DAVID J. JONES
MAVA, BVA Hons, Dip. VA
 
Personal Details
born: 1969
at: Cairns
 
Education
2015 Completing Doctor of Visual Arts, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.
2013 Master of Arts in Visual Arts, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.
2004 Bachelor of Fine Arts with 1st Class Honours, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.
2000 Diploma of Visual Art in Fine Arts, Southbank TAFE (Institute for Technical and Further Education) Brisbane, Australia.
 
Awards
2013 Griffith University Indigenous Australian Postgraduate Research Scholarship, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University.
2013 Griffith Award for Academic Excellence, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University.
2004 Fine Art Medal, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University.
2004 Griffith Award for Academic Excellence, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University.
2003 Griffith Award for Academic Excellence, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University.
2002 Griffith Award for Academic Excellence, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University.
2001 Griffith Award for Academic Excellence, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University.
2001 Letter of commendation from Major General Peter Arnison, AC, Governor of Queensland, Government House, Queensland.
 
Professional activities and commissions
2015 Commissioned by Michael Kershaw for Alick Tipotiiti, 2 editions of 10 oversized (1.2m x 1.9m) relief prints, Brisbane, Australia.
2015 Commissioned by Urban Art Projects, Brisbane, for Judy Watson, experimental work, Brisbane, Australia.
2015 Employed as sessional tutor by QCA in printmaking department, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.
2014 Employed as sessional tutor by QCA in printmaking department, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.
2013 Employed as sessional tutor for 1213QCA Indigenous Art, Protocols and Practice, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.
2013 Employed as sessional tutor by QCA in printmaking department, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.
2013 Commissioned by Michel Tuffery, various editions commissioned by the artist, Turtleboy Studio, Brisbane, Australia.
2012 Established Turtleboy Studio, a private studio that accommodates my practice, and providing editions and tuition, Brisbane, Australia.
2009 Mutuk by Dennis Nona, commissioned by Michael Kershaw of The Australian Art Print Network, which may be the world’s largest single sheet intaglio print ever, now housed at the National Gallery of Victoria.
2009 Received world largest etching press from Andrew Reardon of Artequip Pty Ltd.
2009 Sharing: Wespol, Administrative assistance for T. Jacek Rybinski in the Warsaw Academy of Arts Gallery, Warsaw, Poland.
2005 Under the House of Art, entered into partnership with T. Jacek Rybinski, fine art production business.
2005 Links Walkway Project, 5 murals, each on average was 5m high by 20m long, Hervey Bay Council, Hervey Bay, Queensland.
2004 Museum of Brisbane Hoardings Project for Brisbane Square: Revealing the Region, curatorial role in collaboration with Kylie Elkington, Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane Square & Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland.
2004 2 Print Editions of 40 each, Sazi & Gapu Dhangal, for Dennis Nona & the Australian Art Print Network, Darlinghurst, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
2003 Living Journeys Exhibition 2003, Drawing workshop in preparation for exhibit, Anam Cara, Centacare, Tarragindi, Brisbane, Queensland.
2003 Illustration for In the Tracks of a Rainbow: Indigenous Culture and Legends of the Sunshine Coast by Robin Wells, Gullirae Books, Sunshine Coast, Australia.
 
Exhibitions
2015 Mirror Mirror: Prints and Plates, Curated by Prof. Ross Woodrow of Queensland College of Art Griffith University, at Gympie Regional Gallery, Gympie, Australia.
2015 Body Politic, Curated by Richard Hricko and Amze Emmons, ICEBOX Projects Space, Crane Arts, Philadelphia, USA.
2014 Turtleboy and Puppet's Cabinet of Curiosity, Woolloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia.
2009 Sharing: Wespol, Curated by T. Jacek Rybinski, Warsaw Academy of Arts Gallery, Warsaw, Poland.
2007 X-UmbiliQCA: Considering the animal in the art of the x-umbiliQCA’s, Curated by Jo Diball, The College Gallery, Southbank, Brisbane, Queensland.
2005 On a Roll, Impress Printmaker’s Studio, The Art Factory, Southbank Brisbane.
2005 Fresh Cuts, Institute of Modern Art, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, Queensland.
2004 Beyond, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Southbank, Brisbane, Queensland.
2004 Thar be Monsters, Soapbox Gallery, Brisbane Queensland.
2004 Romantic Journeys, City Hall Concert Hall, Brisbane City Hall, Brisbane, Queensland.
2004 Gaka Wolkai, Harmony Montessori School, Buderim, Queensland.
2004 Compact Drawing Exhibition, The Project Gallery, Griffith University Printmakers Club, Southbank, Brisbane, Queensland.
2004 Compact Prints Exhibition, Umbrella Art, Townsville, Brisbane, Queensland.
2004 Artscape, Padua College, Kedron, Brisbane, Queensland.
2004 Otherwhere, Soapbox Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland.
2004 No Emergency, Curated in collaboration with Pat Hoffie and Ian Turnbull, Metro Arts, Brisbane, Queensland.
2004 Linden Postcard Show, Linden St Kilda Centre for Contemporary Arts, St Kilda, Melbourne.
2003 Counterbalance, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Southbank, Queensland.
2003 One Night Stand, Gallery Nona, Brisbane Institute of Art, Brisbane, Queensland.
2003 Post, The Project Gallery, Griffith University Printmakers Club, Southbank, Brisbane, Queensland.
2002 Urban Blackness, Noosa Regional Gallery, Tewantin, Queensland.
2002 The Symposium Exhibition No. 1, [email protected], Paddington, Brisbane, Queensland.
2002 Bonyi Bunya, Woodford Festival, Woodford, Queensland.
2000 Colored Sands Exhibition, Hervey Bay Regional Gallery, Pialba, Queensland.
2000 Factions, Brisbane City Hall Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland.
1999 4 artists, Hub Café, Brisbane, Queensland.
1998 Aboriginal Perspectives ’98, Arakaria Gallery, Urangan, Queensland.
1998 Land and Sea: The Cultural Connection, Hervey Bay Regional Gallery, Pialba, Queensland.
1998 An exhibition of works, Ron & Alison Dellar’s; The Gallery and Gift Shop, Scarness, Hervey Bay, Queensland.
1994 Rainbow Serpent Mural: for the Year of Indigenous Peoples & Geera Corroboree installation, Produced by John Jones, Queensland Museum, Brisbane, Queensland.
 

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