Blak Douglas is a modern Aboriginal artist with a celebrated career now spanning two decades. Exhibited both nationally & abroad, Blak delivers an A – Z of modern Aboriginal art with his trademark cheekiness engaging students in participatory trivia to debunk stereotypes and questions cultural appropriation across Aboriginal art.
From Tommy McCrae’s early 19th century works through to Karla Dickens’ Parliament of NSW award winning January 26th, Day of Mourning as well as Jason Wing’s controversial Captain James Crook bust. Blak Douglas shines a light on the social, political and historical ramifications of these artists and works. The discussion covers not only artistic technique but also history, politics, legal implications of art, and identity.
Drawing on his own career as a political artist, Blak Douglas will help students recognise the cultural impact of contemporary Aboriginal artists on Australian art of the past, present and future.
Blak Douglas (aka Adam Hill) was born in Blacktown to a Caucasian Australian Mother and a Dhungatti Aboriginal Father. Schooled in Penrith NSW, Blak studied Graphic Design at UWS Nepean graduating with a Bachelor of Arts. Later in visual arts, he emerged into Aboriginal art through Boomalli Artists (Leichhardt).
Blak has staged numerous solo and participated in group exhibitions widely. Blak Douglas is a four – time finalist in the Archibald Prize and is held in collections such as the Art Gallery of NSW, National Gallery of Australia, National Museum of Australia, National Maritime Museum, Taipei Museum and The AAMU of Utrecht.
‘ART & SOLE’ is an interactive activity whereby students create a graphic using the outline of their shoes as the template. The objective is to design a sole with a customised insignia that might leave an everlasting impression wherever one were to walk. Designs encouraged may feature issues relating politics, social justice, climate change, gender equality etc.
In his youth, Blak found himself searching for an ultimate identity and consequently sought influence in Hip Hop & brand shoe culture from the U.S. Iconic films like ‘Do the Right Thing’ by Spike Lee as well as ‘Breakdance’ were to prove pivotal in seeking that identity.
Referencing a unique pair of Air Jordan Basket Ball boots with a tailored sole, Blak impresses upon the students the concept of the importance of narrative and composition in art & design.
Students will need a visual diary & pen, two sheets A3 cartridge paper and crayons / markers.
*Data projector / laptop at the ready or Smartboard to accommodate USB stick
DURATION: 90 mins
COST: $700 + GST
SUITABILITY: Years 8 – 10 (Aboriginal studies, History, Visual Art) *MAXIMUM 75 students
PLEASE NOTE: There is a coarse political content in this programme.