Guido Maestri showcases new works in ‘New Dog Old Tricks’ at Ngununggula’s

18 Nov 2023

Guido Maestri unveils his latest commission at Ngununggula in a group exhibition titled New Dog Old Tricks.

In New Dog Old Tricks, 10 invited artists use the canine to probe communication methods, reconsider mythology, and present a diverse array of creatures defying classification. Dogs play multifaceted roles here—as muses, collaborators, guides, protectors, comedians, companions, and shrines—celebrating the intersection of nature and culture in the intertwined lives of dogs and people. Alongside these new works features significant artworks on loan from the Art Gallery of New South Wales, National Gallery of Victoria and private collections.

In The Great Divide, Maestri’s recently commissioned piece explores the complex post-colonial relationship between humans and dingoes, centered around the 5,614km-long Dingo Fence. Built over a century to segregate dingoes from livestock, the fence is considered effective. However, recent discoveries indicate a healthier environment on the dingo side. Hence, the enduring battle between man and dingo is shaping the landscape, and reflects the uncertain future of the iconic Australian ‘native’ dog, cherished and feared, protected as a native species, yet still persecuted by sheep farmers throughout the country.

Maestri’s works are on view at Ngununggula until 4 February 2024.

Image: Installation view of Maestri’s works at Ngununggula; artwork of (top left) Feral, 2015, oil on linen, 66 x 76 cm;(bottom left)of Killer, 2015, bronze, 27 x 17 x 21 cm; (right) The Great Divide, 2023, oil on linen and wax, 220 x 244 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Ngununggula.