Dan Taulapapa McMullin: New Works
April 13 - May 7, 2010
McCarthy Art Gallery is proud to present NEW WORKS – paintings by Dan Taulapapa McMullin's wide-ranging practice - painting, sculpture, video, installation and writing - has sought to challenge the boundaries between Oceania traditional image making with its narrative and contemporary arts discourse, from the viewpoint of an American Samoan artist activist in struggle for indigenous sovereignty on territorialized land and sea.
Taulapapa explores logologo, or iconic images of being based on Oceania sculpture and its narratives, in search of a personal narrative expressing exile, diaspora, colonization and globalization, but nourished by and reflecting the mana of Samoa. In Sia Figiel's winter 2009 interview article for Art and Australia magazine, she quotes Taulapapa's response that he is interested in "the kind of artmaking that is not defined as art; the making of gods and goddesses, totems, idols, idol worship, graven images, pagan images – this for me is the future. For me our future as artmakers is in our past. And in an odd way this relates to my early experience with conceptual artists who are concerned with making art that is not art." Taulapapa's new work is in the media of oil painting, mixed media sculpture, and video/computer art.
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