Works from the Shed Proves an Entertaining Visual Mix

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COMPARISONS may be odious, as the medieval poet John Lydgate suggested with reference to horses, geese and sheep, but comparisons can also be provocative, and inevitable.

Add artwork and choice to the equation and taste and personal preference can muddy the water making any objective selection a consummate challenge.

Such was the challenge presented to the judge of this year's Acquisitive Sculpture Prize initiated by the Crow's Nest Regional Art Gallery.

The materials used range from ceramics, carved wood and steel to recycled objects, wire, beads and resin.

Technical skill and presentation are equalled, for the most part, by an innovative approach to the subject.

Each work is remarkable in its own way which would have made selecting award winners rather like choosing between apples and oranges.

The grand champion prize was awarded to Michelle Kudell for her tree totem standing in a scatter of collaged leaves.

Constructed from cut and folded pages of recycled books, it references both mother earth and the tree of life.

The runner-up was Karen Canning's fluid cocoon shape, the fibrous nature suggested by a myriad of fine wires and the meticulously beaded detail.

Tiffany Shafran was selected for the Toowoomba Regional Artist award with her rather unsettling doll's head inside a glass vitrine.

This polished exhibition can be seen at the Crow's Nest Community and RSL Centre in William Street until November 28.

The Lockyer Valley Art Gallery at the Cultural Centre on Lake Apex Drive in Gatton, is hosting Works from the Shed, an exhibition by the Ramsay Shed Painters. …