Three Provocative Exhibitions on Show

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THERE are artworks that are subtle and illusive in their definition of the reality they invade; there are bold, colourful, and bombastic artworks that suggest altered spatial realities, and there are still others that tell us that people are not always who they seem.

These distinct, but rewarding differences may be seen in three current and provocative local exhibitions.

The atrium at the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery is an exhibition space that throws down some visual challenges.

This gauntlet has been seized by installation artist Carly Scoufos whose spheres of woven galvanised wire punctuate and define the sweeping concourse.

The body of work is called "Void" and it invades a space devoid of decoration. The atrium does, however, include doorways, windows, ledges, exits and entrances and it is these architectural details that are drawn to the attention by the clusters of woven balls.

Scoufos uses skills more associated with the gentler domestic arts of needlework, crocheting, and knitting. But her material of choice, galvanised fencing wire, is an unforgiving and truculent material that demands the mastery of a strong hand.

The spheres, gathered in family groups, snuggle at the edges of window openings, balance precariously on ledges, and cast lacy shadows.

They contain space while also defining space, their placement toys with the perceptual conundrum of two dimensional sculpture and three dimensional drawing that is a hallmark of Scoufos' work.

As an addition to the installation is a video, "Delivering a line: summer landscape" which documents a site-specific piece in which the artist draws a line in the landscape using yarn. …