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Canyons and Daniel Boyd
6 MARCH 2012
To celebrate the success of the 'The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art' (APT7), exhibiting artist Daniel Boyd and acclaimed Sydney musicians Canyons will premiere a new collaborative performance in a special free APT7 Up Late event at Brisbane's Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) on Friday April 12.

Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) Assistant Director of Programming Simon Wright said the new work would round out the ongoing celebrations for 20 years of APT.

'Canyons and Daniel Boyd present 100 Million Nights is an original musical score performed live by Canyons against the backdrop of a major new three-screen video installation by APT7 artist Daniel Boyd,' Mr Wright said.

'Boyd's work reinterprets Aboriginal and Australian-European history by placing a veil of transparent dots over images that partially reveal their stories in a process that is both a metaphor for the effect of time and memory, and an acknowledgment of what is lost in the officially sanctioned versions of history.

'Canyons will perform as a five-piece band, combining rehearsed and improvised elements including electronic drones and rhythmic pulses along with ambient chordal movements, linking to Boyd's interest in history and the passing of time.'

Mr Wright said Boyd had three paintings and a four-channel video work in APT7.

'The video installation, A Darker Shade of Dark #1-4, links colonial explorers to modern day astrophysicists exploring the new frontiers of space, taking the form of an immersive animated dot painting which guides the viewer on a new journey of exploration,' he said.

All gallery spaces of GOMA will be open from 5.30pm on Friday April 12 to celebrate one last night with APT7 Up Late. Canyons and Daniel Boyd present 100 Million Nights from 8pm. Entry is free and the GOMA Café Bistro will be open, along with additional cash bars.

The Asia Pacific Triennial is the only exhibition to focus on the contemporary art of Asia, the Pacific and Australia. APT7, featuring new and recent work by 75 artists and artist groups from 27 countries, is on display at GOMA and QAG until April 14, 2013.

The Queensland Government is Founding Sponsor of the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art series, and Santos is Presenting Sponsor of APT7. The exhibition's Principal Partners are Tourism and Events Queensland and the Australia Council for the Arts. The Tim Fairfax Family Foundation is Principal Benefactor and Kramer Ausenco is Major Sponsor.
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