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Gordon Hookey: Sacred Nation, Scared Nation Exhibit at Fort Gansevoort
January 7, 2021, 6:30.08 pm ET

Image: Gordon Hookey, Ready to Rumble, 2020, Oil pastel and pencil on paper, 30.5 x 44 inches

Beginning January 7, Fort Gansevoort will present Sacred Nation, Scared Nation, the gallery’s first exhibition with the noted Waanyi Aboriginal artist Gordon Hookey. Organized in collaboration with Los Angeles-based artist Gary Simmons, the presentation will focus on Hookey’s use of metaphors, wordplay, and humor – sometimes brazenly provocative – to subvert tropes of Western colonialization and to reclaim, empower, and redefine Aboriginal culture. Eschewing the traditional dot abstraction most commonly associated with indigenous Australian art, he deploys deceptively folksy figuration, contemporary images, and bold painted words in paintings that connect Black Aboriginal experience to that of African Americans.

Image: Gordon Hookey, Pelvis Deadly, 2005, Oil on canvas, 48 x 66.25 inches

To view the exhibit online click here