Dale Harding: The Golden Mile
Gertrude Contemporary 6 April - 18 May 2019
image & text source: http://www.gertrude.org.au/exhibitions
The Golden Mile is Dale Harding’s first solo exhibition in Melbourne, and expands upon a central mode of practice developed over recent years by the artist, working with members of family and connecting to and embedding an ancestral lineage in his storytelling. Working within a reductionist palette of natural yellow ochre using dry pigments mixed with natural binders, Harding and familial collaborators have worked on a series of canvases in Brisbane where the artist is based. In this form the works have been transported to Melbourne and sequentially installed upon the gallery walls. Thereafter, all discernible images are obliterated, culminating in the eradication of the works utilising the white paint of the gallery. Through this, the paintings remain merely as a trace of the performative enactment of their erasure, as if to be residual rectangular stencils of an act unseen. Repositioned in the gallery as now whitewashed paintings, these erased works remain as echoes of an act that is not one of violence or censor, but rather, a respectful acknowledgement of the artist presenting work in a place, on country, that he does not have direct connection to.
Dale Harding (Bidjara, Ghungalu and Garingbal peoples, Central Queensland) lives and works in Brisbane. Selected recent solo exhibitions include Current Iterations, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2019); The Drive Home, Milani Gallery, Brisbane (2018); To cast a bright shadow, Milani Gallery, Brisbane (2017); I refuse you my death, Milani Gallery, Brisbane (2016); White Collared, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2015); and Colour by Number, Metro Arts, Brisbane (2012). Selected recent group exhibitions include Soon enough: art in action, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm (2018); Beautiful world, where are you? 2018 Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, Liverpool; From Will to Form: 2018 TarraWarra Biennial, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville; Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (2017); dOCUMENTA (14), Athens and Kassel (2017); The National: New Australian Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2017); 11th Gwangju Biennale, Republic of Korea (2016); and Ua numi le fau, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne (2016).
Dale Harding is represented by Milani Gallery, Brisbane.