Tony Phillips: Veil II

Tony Phillips, Veil 2011, oil on canvas; Image used courtesy of the artist.

21 September - 2 November 2014

Based at Salamander Bay, just to the north of Newcastle in NSW, Tony Phillips exhibition lifts the veil on the relationship between a modern westernised culture and the way such a culture views the “other”.

In this case the way in which Australians interact with the cultural objects of Papua New Guinea and create a false sense of distance from those objects and the culture they represent.

As Tony says in his artist’s statement: “Veil examines distance: a distance created by cultural conditioning and one that is arguably unbridgeable. The subject matter is taken from our closest neighbours, Papua New Guinea. Alienation and separation invariably caused by cultural conditioning is the Veil. And just as a Veil is typically transparent, cultural conditioning should and will only separate us on a superficial level”.

Image: Tony Phillips, Veil 2011, oil on canvas; Image used courtesy of the artist.