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August Exhibitions

  • First Coat Studios 6 Laurel Street Toowoomba City, QLD, 4350 Australia (map)

Please join us for the opening celebration of our August Exhibitions featuring 'A Social Object.', a collaborative exhibition by seven local artists and '[our] coming of age', a debut solo exhibition by Kirsty Lee. 

FRIDAY 17 AUGUST, 7 - 9pm
RSVP: free event

Bar supported by Stone & Wood Brewing.

Exhibition hangs from August 6 - 25, 2018

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A Social Object. is a collaborative exhibition by Australian artists, Ellie Farrington, Grace Dewar, Kirsty Lee, Laurie Oxenford, Peta Berghofer, Rianna Hollsten-Provenzano and Theresa Hall. Presented by First Coat Studios (7th - 25th August 2018), A Social Object. positions the artist collective as a shared resource to provoke a new point of departure for art making.

With in the parameters of their individual and combined practices, each artist has developed new work in a visceral response to the object; a 25 x 15m white drape. Culminating in a series of sculptures, digital works and installations, A Social Object. is a site-specific exchange that explores how we connect through artforms and social spaces.

Symbolically, the object requires the collective to practically manoeuvre and experience it in its entirety. With this is mind, throughout the ideas building, making and installation stages, A Social Object. invited collaboration. Art production was limited to a six week period, which defined social spaces as key for ideas sharing and process development. This format directed a shared perspective in relation to the object and fostered ideals of symbolic interactionism and the common good, which in turn, has blurred boundaries between practices and reframed different participants as both artist and curator.

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'[our] coming of age' is the debut solo exhibition of Australian movement artist and videographer Kirsty Lee. With a collection of new digital works, Lee forays into the world of video art with an installation that challenges our understanding of storytelling.

Imbued with colour, speed, repetition, and form, '[our] coming of age' is a visual ode commenting on the nature of change; as seventeen years of motherhood transitions with her sons coming of age, and in turn, her own. This project serves as a vehicle to human experience in which Lee curates gesture, emotion, experience and form in such a way to digest the grief and celebration surrounding this passage of time.

In '[our] coming of age', Lee layers real and imagined visuals to harness a sense of wonder. Through raw and vulnerable ambiguity, she shapes both her own narrative, while inviting the viewer to position themselves with in it.