22 May — 15 Aug 2021
Dale Harding: There is no before
Combining contemporary art, cultural practices and working with materials redolent of the land itself, Dale Harding, who is of Bidjara, Gungalu and Garingbal, Indigenous Australian descent, presents an exhibition that is evocative of place – the landscapes within Queensland’s central highlands that he belongs to.
There is no before, is the first solo exhibition by Dale Harding in Aotearoa / New Zealand.
There is no before features a new body of minimalist paintings and sculptures created by Harding that add to the canon of his family’s cultural production. It also includes eighteen Nulla Nulla, a rarely exhibited collection of taonga (cultural treasures) selected by him and loaned from Te Papa, that he has family connection with.
The exhibition, as the title presupposes, is about art of the now. There is no before collapses time and highlights that Harding’s work is located both within the frame of contemporary and conceptual art, but also within the slipstream of his families’ cultural practice, that pre-dates modernist interest in intentional gesture, reduced and distilled minimal form, by thousands of years.
To learn more about Dale Harding and his art practice, please look at the below links: