Daniel Boyd: A Darker Shade of Dark #1– 4

A Darker Shade of Dark #1– 4 is a spectacularly immersive video installation and a compelling sensory experience not to be missed.

Art Exhibition previously on at Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art in South Australia, Australia.
From Friday 09 October 2015 to Friday 04 December 2015

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Published by anonymous on Monday 27 July 2015.
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Daniel Boyd is best known as a painter whose theme of inheritance concerns the stories that are lost when overtaken by dominant colonial histories. His own rich family heritage provides a narrative source that he blends with moments from history. Further, he employs artistic links to Matisse, Picasso and the role of Primitivism in modernist aesthetics. The ubiquitous use of the iconic Papunya Tula ‘dot’ in his work is equally indebted to the techniques of Pointillism and Impressionism and becomes a distorting surface veil, or lens, through which his stories are only partially revealed.

Boyd’s dots also function as a metaphor for the corrosive effect of time and memory. In A Darker Shade of Dark #1– 4, his subject has shifted to the exploratory world of astrophysics; dark matter, particle physics and indeterminate cosmologies. Using shimmering and shifting fields of animated dots, his four-channel, floor-to-ceiling video projection is mysterious and dreamlike, magnetically drawing the viewer.

As today’s scientists embrace the challenge of understanding dark matter – the stuff that makes up most of our universe – so too Boyd calls us to the task of truly reconciling with the land’s Indigenous heritage, the largest part of our shared history.