Thursday, January 25, 2007

Buffalo soldier

Journey through the centre of two worlds by Rohan Wealleans is in the current group show Stolen ritual at the Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery in Sydney . The Gallery also shows New Zealanders Bill Culbert, Jacqueline Fraser, Rosalie Gascoigne and Michael Parekowhai. Now we see, from an invitation received this week, Rohan has been added to their list of regular artists and will have solo exhibition opening next week on 1 February. The exhibition will have the same title as his Dunedin Public Art Gallery show last year - Tatunka. For those without friends who stay up late at night to answer questions, Tatunka is the word for male bison or buffalo as used by the First Nation tribe Lakota. We are also told (why the hell didn’t we know this?) that it was the first word Kevin Costner used as he changed sides in the movie Dances with wolves. Costner on his personal web site spells the word Tatanka, but it seems both spellings work – it’s a Google world.
Picture: Rohan Wealleans Journey through the centre of two worlds on exhibition at the Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery.