November Exhibitions 2018

[ MAIN GALLERY ]
Presented by First Coat Studios, AL-TER is a collection of new sculptural forms by Australian artist, Laurie Oxenford. Her third solo exhibition for 2018, Oxenford continues her ongoing exploration of repositioning found objects and recycled industrial materials in a gallery space. AL-TER discusses the purpose of materials and objects, especially those whose sole purpose is to construct such spaces as the gallery, and how they can be contextualised as art within that same environment. In doing this she draws upon ideas and processes explored in the Minimalist, Assemblage and Arte Povera movements. 

[ PROJECT SPACE ]
‘NOT EVIL ENUF’ is the perpetual, abyssal descent into the theory of mind. Deluded by the notion of a universal consciousness that is shared by all living entities, ‘NOT EVIL ENUF’ is an attempt to explore the fundamentally darker aspects of what it means to be human. Questions without answers. Wisdom without experience. Death without Life. 

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October Exhibitions 2018

[ MAIN GALLERY ]
Presented by First Coat Studios, AL-TER is a collection of new sculptural forms by Australian artist, Laurie Oxenford. Her third solo exhibition for 2018, Oxenford continues her ongoing exploration of repositioning found objects and recycled industrial materials in a gallery space. AL-TER discusses the purpose of materials and objects, especially those whose sole purpose is to construct such spaces as the gallery, and how they can be contextualised as art within that same environment. In doing this she draws upon ideas and processes explored in the Minimalist, Assemblage and Arte Povera movements. 

[ PROJECT SPACE ]
‘NOT EVIL ENUF’ is the perpetual, abyssal descent into the theory of mind. Deluded by the notion of a universal consciousness that is shared by all living entities, ‘NOT EVIL ENUF’ is an attempt to explore the fundamentally darker aspects of what it means to be human. Questions without answers. Wisdom without experience. Death without Life. 

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September Exhibitions 2018

In this exhibition, “Deeply disturbed and surprisingly functional”, Giles and Mulder aim to deliver concepts that relate to disturbances in the human experience. It is safe to say that each person carries the remnants of various life occasions, both good and bad. The flippant reference to being “disturbed” yet functioning, suggests that humans are mostly functional, burying our darker moments. It lingers as we go about life. In this exhibition, the artists scratch at these deeply embedded components through imagery, metaphor and abstraction.

In the book The Art of Travel, Alain de Botton describes how he resolved to travel to the island of Barbados after receiving a brochure with an image that reminded him of William Hodges’ painting, Tahiti Revisited (1776). A mere photograph of a ‘palm tree gently inclining in a tropical breeze’ created a fantasy that was complete within de Botton’s mind. Similarly, many of Fiona Cockfield's fantasies have been sparked by the most simple experiences, ideas and imagery, forged from reality and re-created as her own fantasy. This concept is the premise for Postcards from Italy.

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August Exhibitions 2018

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.

'[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.

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Artist Profile: Bronte Naylor

Bronte Naylor is a Toowoomba based artist currently undertaking her Honours in Creative Arts. Through this, Bronte is driving in to her practice head first to uncover why she paints what she paints and how her concepts transfer from gallery to public art contexts.


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Exhibition: 'MCM Incorporated' by Lance Long

During the month of May, MCM Incorporated™ took over the Project Space. This installation and performance referencing 90’s office culture, aimed to blur the lines between art and everyday life by exploring a service you can turn to when you’re apprehensive about returning a missed call. Lance Long presents this show as a genuine, if questionable, business venture within the context of an art gallery. Viewers in that space and the public alike can call in to participate and have their missed calls followed up.

Image by Grace Dewar.

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'A Tropical State' Touring Exhibtion

‘A Tropical State’ is a group exhibition that celebrates the humble yet iconic pineapple. Almost one hundred Australian artists have contributed responses to a collection of ornamental timber pineapples, gifted by long-time artist and collector Stephen Spurrier. 

The artists in this exhibition have used the supplied retro pineapples as a vehicle for the expression of individual and quintessential experiences of Queensland. Painted onto, carved into, deconstructed and protruding from the pine-shaped bowls, the artists convey personal responses that range from explorations of social histories, weather patterns, representations of native plants and animals, draw upon sexual symbology, childhood recollections and share an experience of place. The responses are as diverse as the State of Queensland itself. 

Curated by Ashleigh Campbell & Grace Dewar.

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