Artists Add Humour to New Exhibitions

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WHEN artists play with their audience in clever, funny and entertaining ways there is a "feel good" appeal that transcends any cry of : "But is it art?"

The Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery has been invaded by bits of machinery, junk, body parts, and nifty tools such as a two-headed hammer set in a cream upholstered tool chest.

The exhibition, Modified is the work of Western Australian artist Paul Caporn and is touring courtesy of Art on the Move, an initiative supported by Australian State and Territory Governments.

It presents an ironic and wickedly humorous comment on social customs and rituals.

The ubiquitous back yard 'barbie' is symbolized by a kettle style barbecue oozing a big beer belly.

The weekend lawn-mowing takes on an altered persona with a baby-blue mower complete with chromed twin exhausts and a rotund catcher in the shape of a human posterior.

Survival suit consists of bright yellow rain gear, rubber boots, and a life buoy fitted with an outboard motor.

These sculptural pieces are offset by circuit boards and expanded engine details on anodised aluminium plates. This almost light-hearted show is underpinned by serious concerns about some significant social issues.

Dispossession

THE Crow's Nest Regional Art Gallery too is hosting some weird creatures in the exhibition, Dispossession, the work of Aaron Hill.

These mostly graphite and ink studies reference the comic book culture of super heroes with a nod to collagists such as Max Ernst and Eduardo Paolozzi. …