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June Exhibitions

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

Please join us for the opening celebration of our June Exhibitions featuring a collaboration by Ian McCallum and David Usher, ‘Hot Box Healing (and Servo Sunsets)’ & 'Generasian' by Jennifer Spalding.

FRIDAY 22 JUNE, 7 - 9pm
RSVP: free event

Cash bar supported by Stone & Wood Brewing.
Pop-up food vendor ‘Dickies Delicacies’ will be available for you to indulge in for one night only. Serving classic ‘Hot Box’ treaties: Chiko Rolls, Potato Scallops and much, much more. 

Exhibitions are on show from 10th - 30th June 2018.

‘Hot-Box Healing (and Servo Sunsets)’ is the third exhibition by serial collaborators, David Usher & Ian McCallum. A homage to the great Australian road trip, this exhibition explores the wonders of the service station as golden beacons of hope and healing. 

This series of large format paintings use a mixture of mark making and metallic paint to pay tribute to the phenomenon of the ‘Hot Box’. Inspired by hand-painted menus and their DIY add ons, ‘Hot-Box Healing (and Servo Sunsets)’ celebrates Australian service stations as unadopted monuments of our time.

Varying from their previous creative collisions, in ‘Hot-Box Healing (and Servo Sunsets)’ Usher revisits his earlier illustrative approach and hand style typography. Combined with McCallum’s signature block lettering and social commentary, each piece is centred by the illusive bain-marie and it’s medicinal magic. 

Usher is a Brisbane-born Toowoomba based artist responding to physical and ideological landscapes. Often working from memory, his paintings are reminiscent of transient environments captured from the passenger window. 
A sign writer by trade, McCallum’s documentative process explores creates a visual anthropology. Through layering and a collage-like aesthetic, McCallum’s practice utilises typography and film photography, interspersed with fast and intuitive surface experiments. 



'Generasian’ is the debut solo exhibition by emerging artist, Jennifer Spalding. This collection of paintings are expressions of how she adapts to, as well as questions, the stereotypes and expectations of Thai and Australian cultures in everyday life. Through colour, illustration and gesture she considers how her identity is constructed by these ideas.

Recently Spalding spent three months living with her mother in Thailand, which initiated a new curiosity about personal, everyday experiences. After returning to Australia, she found it challenging to readjust to the cultural differences and began comparing the two lifestyles. In Thailand, a simple necessity like water was at times limited, whereas in Australia it’s available at the turn of a tap. Things like food and transport seemed to be a luxury. It was out of these comparisons and associated feelings, such as guilt, that her current ideas stirred and developed. 

As an extension of these observations, Spalding began to question her place in the world and the ‘why’ behind the everyday habits of our society. This lead to her carefully considering trend culture, consumerism, convenience and simple intention, expressed through spray painting, illustrative mark-making, painting and digital design. 

Earlier Event: May 31
Workshop || 15 Shades of Grey
Later Event: June 23
Workshop || Ikebana