Event Frottage


Hands-on Artwork Activation

15 Apr. 2023 22 Apr. 2023 29 Apr. 2023
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Experience the materiality and form of New York-based artist Duke Riley’s work with this hands-on frottage activity.

Etched into these sandstone blocks are images and stories from the Newtown Creek in Brooklyn—one of the most polluted waterways in the United States.

Using our drop-in frottage station, create a rubbing of Duke’s idiosyncratic marine characters with paper and 2D media. Available in the gallery all day, every Saturday. All materials supplied.

Presented as a part of Maluw Adhil Urngu Padanu Mamuy Moesik (Legends from the deep sitting peacefully on the waters), on view at the IMA until 29 April.


COVID-19 Advice

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We are committed to making the IMA accessible to people of all abilities, their families, and carers, as well as visitors of different ages and different backgrounds.

The gallery entrance is on the ground floor of the Judith Wright Arts Centre, on Berwick Street. There is wheelchair access and an accessible toilet with baby changing facilities also located on the ground floor, and we welcome guide and support dogs.

To find out more, contact us at ima@ima.org.au, call (07) 3252 5750, or ask our friendly staff on-site. Read our access information for visitors here.

Guest Info
  • Duke Riley’s work addresses the tension between individual and collective behaviour, independent spaces within all-encompassing societies, and the conflict with institutional power. He examines transgression zones and their inhabitants through drawing, printmaking, mosaic, sculpture, performative interventions, infiltrations, and video structured as complex multimedia installations. Duke combines populist myths and historical obscurities with contemporary social and environmental dilemmas, connecting past and present, drawing attention to unsolved issues. Throughout his projects he profiles the space where water meets the land, traditionally marking the periphery of urban society, what lies beyond rigid moral constructs, a sense of danger and possibility.

Duke Riley 'The View from the Mouth of the Newtown Creek during Final Days of Battle' 2022 and 'Runes of Ruin' 2022. Photo: Joe Ruckli.

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The Institute of Modern Art acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land upon which the IMA now stands, the Jagera, Yuggera, Yugarapul, and Turrbal people. We offer our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the first artists of this country. In the spirit of allyship, the IMA will continue to work with First Nations people to celebrate, support, and present their immense past, present, and future contribution to artistic practice and cultural expression.