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Video of the Week – Bondi’s Biennale Artist

By Dan Hutton on July 29, 2012 in Video

Jonathan Jones & Cockatoo Island – Dialogue for the Future from The Avant/Garde Diaries on Vimeo.

Looking at big issues in an understated way – this is how one might describe Jonathan Jones’ work and life philosophy.

Based in Bondi, the contemporary Aboriginal artist works in varied media, including printmaking, drawing, installation, and film; but he is perhaps best known for his site-specific installation pieces.

Jones’ art renders the visual languages of his Indigenous people utilizing ultra modern materials – animal patterns, weapons, and woodcarvings reinterpreted in fluorescent light forms.

For the 18th Biennale of Sydney (2012), Jones explores Sydney Harbor’s largest landmass, Cockatoo Island, as a collision point of colonial and indigenous cultures.

The area’s layers of indigenous, imperial, and industrial history make it a unique stage for contemporary art and a compelling site for the Biennale of Sydney.

Find out more about Jonathan Jones on jonathanjones.com.au and to see what’s on at the Biennale of Sydney please visit www.bos18.com.


  1. WTF… sorry, I actually have to work for a living.

    Posted by: GreggE | July 30, 2012, 11:07 AM |

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  2. Great cinematography, underwater shots worked really well. Shadows really dark but guess that was the desired look….. nice job

    Posted by: Marcus O'Brien | August 2, 2012, 3:54 PM |

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