Rod Moss: The Origin of the New Poetics - Art Collector

Rod Moss, The Gift of Butterflies, 2015. 90 x 125cm. Courtesy: the artist and Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne

Rod Moss has lived in the Aboriginal community, Whitegate on the eastern fringes of Alice Springs, for almost three decades, forging close ties with the community. Breaking the barriers of what Moss considers “a politically correct, insulating silence” within the Australian art scene, he depicts the people of Whitegate in extraordinarily personal, vulnerable and private moments.

Moss' narrative paintings show resolute scenes in which the impact of alcohol and violence are unflinchingly depicted, contrasted with tender moments showing cultural milestones and family rituals. Appropriating compositions from the Old Masters and religious paintings, his artworks are familiar yet foreign, romantic yet confronting.

Exhibition opens: 6-8pm Friday 13 May 2016
Exhibition closes: 18 June 2016
Location: Anna Pappas Gallery, 2-4 Carlton Street Prahran VIC 3181
Contact: 03 9521 7300

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