Jonathan Jones / Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi peoples / Australia b.1978 / with Dr Uncle Stan Grant Snr am / Wiradjuri people / Australia b.1940 / (untitled) giran (detail) 2018 / Bindu-gaany (freshwater mussel shell), gabudha (rush), gawurra (feathers), marrung dinawan (emu egg), walung (stone), wambuwung dhabal (kangaroo bone), wayu (string), wiiny (wood) / 48-channel soundscape / Installed dimensions variable / Sound design: Luke Mynott, Sonar Sound / © The artists

Jonathan Jones
(untitled) giran 2018

On Display: GOMA, Gallery 1.3

In the Wiradjuri language, some stories tell of six winds — three male winds and three female winds. Each wind has its own role to play, such as signalling the changing seasons or communicating messages or ideas.

Jones’s artwork is made up of around 2000 small sculptures based on traditional tools. Six types of traditional tools have been made from six core materials collected from around Narrandera, in southern New South Wales. Arranged on the wall, the tools map the currents of the wind. Each small sculpture has feathers attached, making the tools seem like flocks of birds flying with the wind currents.

Jonathan Jones incorporates Aboriginal practices, relationships and ideas in his work, especially those of his Wiradjuri people, and he often collaborates with local Indigenous communities on his projects. He is well known for his minimalist light installations, which have, at times, been inspired by woven nets.

 

Before

What is a murmuration of birds? Watch a video showing a murmuration of budgerigars in Central Australia: abc.net.au/news/2017-10-10/budgies-swarm-in-central-australia-stunning-display/9035030

View animated wind maps online. View Earth: A Global Map of Wind, Weather and Ocean Conditions: earth.nullschool.net/

View Windy: Wind Map and Weather Forecast: windy.com

Compare the patterns and lines of the wind direction maps with the movement of the budgerigars.

During your visit to APT9

Look closely at the parts of the installation. Can you identify six different types of tools?

Think about the significance of the number 6 and the way the artist has selected his materials. What is the relationship between the materials, tools and the stories of wind?

Compare

  • the soundscape of Jonathan Jones’s artwork with the sound of bees in Anne Noble’s project. How does sound add meaning to these artworks?
  • the representation of movement and stories in Jonathan Jones’s artwork with Alair Pambegan’s work in QAG.

After

Create a collaborative installation using found objects that you have collected from a local site or your school grounds. Attach new or unrelated materials to the objects to create new meanings. Make an arrangement of the objects and use repetition to create patterns and movement.

Contemporary context

How does Jonathan Jones:

Contemporary context

  • use materials, technologies or approaches to affect the audience experience?
  • employ imagery and/or display techniques to challenge aesthetic traditions?
  • provoke discussion about twenty-first-century issues and concerns?

Personal context

  • communicate influences on his life and experiences?
  • generate ideas from his own experiences, imagination or memories?
  • create sensory experiences to generate emotional responses from the viewer?
  • connect with the viewers’ experiences and/or expectations to construct meaning?

Cultural context

  • explore cultural traditions?
  • reflect community interests through social commentary?
  • respond to cultural influences?

Formal context

  • employ specific art elements and principles to communicate meaning?
  • communicate intentions using symbols, motifs or signs?
  • enhance the interpretation of the artwork through processes, materials and media?

Personal context

How does Jonathan Jones:

  • communicate influences on his life and experiences?
  • generate ideas from his own experiences, imagination or memories?
  • create sensory experiences to generate emotional responses from the viewer?
  • connect with the viewers’ experiences and/or expectations to construct meaning?

Cultural context

How does Jonathan Jones:

  • explore cultural traditions?
  • reflect community interests through social commentary?
  • respond to cultural influences?

Formal context

How does Jonathan Jones:

  • employ specific art elements and principles to communicate meaning?
  • communicate intentions using symbols, motifs or signs?
  • enhance the interpretation of the artwork through processes, materials and media?