Ken Thaiday Snr: Erub Kebe Le, the first-ever major survey exhibition of works by internationally recognised senior Torres Strait Island artist Ken Thaiday Snr, brings together thirty-six sculptural pieces created by Thaiday over the past thirty years.
Thaiday’s articulated dance headdresses and other ‘mobilised artefacts’, with their inventive integration of traditional and non-traditional materials, have attracted worldwide attention, not only as deeply significant cultural objects, but also as remarkable works of contemporary art.
Thaiday has recently taken his practice into new territory. In response to a commission from the Gallery, and working with Sydney artist Jason Christopher, Ken Thaiday produced his first automated dance artwork in aluminium for the exhibition.
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