Clyde McGill The Border Crosser (Except), 2011, mixed media on unstretched linen, 220 x 320 cm Copyright and Courtesy the artist
The Border Crossers: Clyde McGill
10 June - 7 October 2018
Artist in Residence 1 July - 22 July
What are the borderlands? Who determines them and why? Who may cross? Who may not? Who does deliberately cross the borders? Where are they from? Why are they leaving? What are their hopes? What is their journey? What do they bring with them? Are they welcomed or turned back? Do they just disappear? Who cares? Who doesn’t?
Clyde McGill has been working to determine ‘where the edges are’ for at least the past nine years. In 2007 Clyde began exploring the landscape of the borderlands as they relate to people who travel by sea, focussing on the tragic story of a young Indonesian fisherman, who died on a boat detained in Darwin harbour.
The exhibition contains his story within a much broader narrative of the refugee who comes by boat. It is a narrative of horror and loss, of hope and fear, of deprivation, determination, disillusionment, despair and death of one kind or another. It is an immersive experience, a journey travelled via the images and text of the major Border Crosser works, the richness of the Borderwear, the contemplation of the Libretto of the Borderland and the meditative vigil of the Dolorosa, which presents the ‘stations’ of the border cross(ers), the sadness and the eventual end in a watery Calvary.
The exhibition includes works from the Janet Holmes à Court Collection and works from the artist’s collection, as well as a new series of works which are for sale.
Clyde McGill will be in residency on the studio floor in the gallery from 1 – 22 July,
Tues – Sun. He will be making new work and will be available to talk with visitors.
Clyde McGill Keep Clear, 2016, mixed media on linen, 220 x 500 cm Copyright and courtesy the artist
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