Jonathan Jones Artwork Unveiled

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

After thousands of feathers, kilometres of string, hundreds of objects, hours of recordings, and months of work, untitled (giran) was launched at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art as part of the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial. This major installation was created in collaboration with Dr Uncle Stan Grant Snr, leading Wiradjuri language expert and elder, with the help of countless supporters.

Around 2,000 traditional tools and an immersive soundscape were created to make up the work. Each tool, affixed with feathers, speaks to the concept of how winds carry ideas and knowledge, and to the close cultural relationship birds have with the wind. The traditional tools are bagaay (egg spoon), bindu-gaany (freshwater mussel shell), waybarra (weaving start), bingal (bone awl), dhala-ny (spear point) and galigal (stone knife). Each tool is an idea, limitless in its potential. Together they create a mobius strip that maps the wind currents, bird flock formations or the flight of the boomerang, encircling and animating the space. The notion of adding feathers to traditional tools to represent wings speaks to the concept that knowledge is on the wind.

Again we say a deep and heart felt mandanng guwu (thank you) to everyone who made this work possible. This project, and the enormous generosity it received, profoundly changed the way I understand community. Mandanng guwu.
Jonathan Jones


untitled (giran) 2018, is a major sculptural installation accompanied by a 48-channel soundscape. It features in the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art at the Queensland Art Gallery |Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, over 24 November 2018 – 28 April 2019.

All photos courtesy Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art