15 July 2010

Gordon Bennett (Wikipedia) is an Australian Aboriginal artist whose work explores the position and dispossession of indigenous peoples, communicating via a constant dialogue with artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Jackson Pollock.

Bennett strains against the tag of being a ‘spokesman’ for indigenous peoples, calling his art ‘highly personal’, and deconstructive of the façade of identities, as created by society. His work operates within the void between authenticity and expectation, using aboriginal imagery and referencing 20th century artists, questioning the relationships that exist between ‘racial’ art and the mainstream.
 
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