Gordon Bennett

Question 1:
Gordon Bennett:   Notes to Basquiat
• Gordon uses his personal experiences and backgrounds of the aboriginal culture.
• The impact of the European’s are shown through the city buildings.
• Bennett shows a relation to both aboriginal and European culture.
• Western symbols used were the nails, buildings, clocks and planes.
• Bennett expresses his aboriginality through non-traditional forms and his art reflects his exploratory relationship to his identity.


Question 3: “Essay”
The cultural frame shows us the influence of society and cultural identity in artworks, whether it is race related, gender concerns, class or social status, politics and religion.
Gordon Bennett shows us his aboriginal identity and concerns about the way the European’s have change the way of the living for all aboriginals. Bennett does not paint in the traditional aboriginal way as this would not show the exact definition of what he means and is expressing, complex ways in which he engages the historical and questions of cultural and personal identity.
Bennett’s artworks focus on Australia’s colonial past and its postcolonial present; the way in which society has changed. His artwork is guided by postmodernist aesthetic that has enabled him to represent the politics and histories that determine the identities of any people. Gordon Bennett’s artworks are challenging us to think and question the stereotyping and racial labelling that many people categorise the Aboriginals as.
Bennett investigates the way stereotyping has put a label of aboriginals; also how stereotyping is constructed by exploring words and images in opposites. Gordon Bennett explores the way stereotyping ads pain and suffering to the people who once owned this land many years ago.
Gordon Bennett’s artwork (notes to Basquiat) he has used western symbols including nails, buildings and clock. He uses his personal experiences and...