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Daniel BOYD

Kudjla/Gangalu peoples

Cairns, Queensland, Australia born 1982

A darker shade of dark # 1-4 2012 Description: Master
Place made: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: audiovisual, multimedia, four-channel video installation

Dimensions: duration
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2016
Accession No: NGA 2016.362

Boyd's work draws on his heritage as a Kudjla/Gangalu man with European and Melanesian ancestry. His work is characterised by its engagement with historical depictions of colonial Australia and the Pacific, produced with an array of dots which reference at once Indigenous dot painting, ceremonial mark making, the 'primitivism' of European modernism, and quantum physics. For Boyd, this experience of a psychedelic, cosmic universe is closely related to the colonial experience. He puts forward the notion that the darkness perceived by the colonial explorers of regions inhabited by 'natives' on the other side of the world has, in the contemporary world, been replaced by the worlds of outer space and quantum physics. His subject is dark matter, that which makes up ninety-five percent of the universe, and which lies beyond empirical investigation. All becomes shimmering, inexplicable and in constant flux.


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra