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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 and to see what’s on at the Biennale of Sydney please visit