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Robert MacPherson's Boss Drovers tours to Miles

WESTERN Downs audiences have a special opportunity to experience part of a major artwork by leading Australian artist Robert MacPherson when Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art tours Boss Drovers to Miles.

Boss Drovers is an installation of 200 drawings derived from the 2400 that make up 1000 Frog Poems: 1000 Boss Drovers ("Yellow Leaf Falling”) for H.S. 1996-2014, a major work created by MacPherson over two decades.

QAGOMA Director Chris Saines said the gallery was delighted to be touring an extract of the major collection work along with a digital interactive that encouraged visitors to make a more thorough investigation of the artwork.

"Each individual paper-sheet within the installation features a portrait and the name of a boss drover who was responsible for moving livestock and teams of stockmen along the great pastoral stock routes of Australia,” Mr Saines said.

MacPherson's collected pages reveal poetic markers of places and people whose identities and life in the country are in danger of fading from view.

The artwork captures several aspects of MacPherson's multi-layered practice - his playful approach to "traditional” aspects of art, such as landscape, portraiture, and his subversive take on the idea of the artist's identity and signature.

Robert MacPherson was born in 1937 and is a much-celebrated Australian contemporary artist, renowned for apparently simple works that gently unfold to reveal something more complex.

The exhibition will open on Friday, January 18, at the John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery at Dogwood Crossing at 6.30pm and will run until Saturday, March 2.

For more information on Boss Drovers visit www.qagoma.qld.gov.au


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