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The Art of Gordon Bennett Visual Art Excursion

 
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Earlier this term, Year 11Visual Art Students went on an excursion to the Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) Southbank. This excursion was to help inspire us in developing our own art.

In the first half of the day, we ventured to QAGOMA to view the exhibition Unfinished Business: The Art of Gordon Bennett. The exhibition was inspiring and related to our current unit of study - abstract painting. Gordon Bennett's paintings were emotional, and we learnt about how his personal culture and lived experience impacted his art. It was also significant to see clippings of various visual art journal pages and sketches Bennett did before making a big piece of art. I found Bennett's artworks very thought-provoking. Most of his works were quite large and dealt with heavy topics such as racism and politics. 

After viewing Unfinished Business, we made a short series of lead pencil sketches inspired by what we saw and felt during our viewing of the exhibition. This was impactful because it helped us reflect on the exhibition using a creative outlet rather than writing about how we felt. 

In the second half of the excursion, we continued on to view various instalments at the Queensland Art Gallery.  One artwork that I thought was amazing was Boomerang by Ai Weiwei. The massive chandelier hangs in the middle of the gallery and adds a sense of class and glamour to the gallery. I also liked Rudi Mantofani's 'Nada yang hilang The lost note, a horseshoe-shaped 9-necked guitar.

I felt the excursion was extremely beneficial as it exposed us to artforms that we had never seen before, providing us all with direction and inspiration for creating our own abstract paintings when we were back at school. 

…article written by Lauren Fuge, Year 11


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Last reviewed 23 March 2021
Last updated 23 March 2021