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Brian Robinson to Visit Kluge-Ruhe for Artist Talk • Monday October 6, 2014

On October 20 the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of U.Va. will offer an artist talk by Indigenous Australian artist Brian Robinson (Maluyligal, Wuthathi, Dayak). Robinson’s prints and sculptures combine his Torres Strait Islander heritage with a strong passion for experimentation, both in theoretical approach and medium. He observes that “mythical tales explaining the origins of landforms and all manner of natural phenomena are present throughout all cultures across the globe. Stories of heroic figures, magical powers, and great and ferocious beasts are told and retold time and time again, handed down through countless generations by word of mouth ‘til present day.” Robinson’s work has been collected widely by major institutions and private collectors in Australia and overseas.

Currently his work is included in a group exhibition titled Saltwater Country, which presents new work by sixteen contemporary artists from the state of Queensland. While the term ‘country’ has come to be understood as a word that describes Indigenous Australian connections to land, this exhibition investigates the equally strong cultural connectedness to the sea and the water’s edge. It also captures the distinctive cultural and creative experience of Queensland artists as they reclaim histories, explore their pasts and establish new ways of caring for country and community using art. As part of an international tour, Saltwater Country will run from October 15 – December 17 at the Embassy of Australia in Washington, D.C.

Virginia Rigney, curator of Saltwater Country, will make a brief presentation about the exhibition. Two Torres Strait Islander artists whose work is featured in the exhibition, Jimmy Thaiday and Nino Sabatino, will also be present for questions and comments.

Brian Robinson’s artist talk will begin at 7:00 pm on Monday, October 20th at the Kluge-Ruhe Collection and will be followed by a reception. Reservations are required; please RSVP to 434-244-0234 or

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