Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Art Exhibitions Show Diversity

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Art Exhibitions Show Diversity

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A DIVERSITY of exhibitions captures a wealth of different imagery. It includes recycled exhibition ephemera, lino prints, ceramics, and painted cattle skulls, photography as art and document, and a weekend extravaganza of contemporary art to suit very taste.

RAYGUN, 249 Margaret St, is hosting "Art begins the moment I light a cigarette. Do you want one?" The intriguing title is a quote from Marcel Duchamp, the master of the 'readymade' assemblage, and is a clue to the exhibition which uses recycled art exhibition ephemera such as invitations. The work of New York duo Melissa P Wolf and Paul Lamarre, who collaborate under the name "Eidia", consists of forty 127 centimetre cubes made from numerous invitations. Shipped as a flat pack, the cubes have been re-assembled by the RAYGUN team according to video instructions by the artists. The mundane 'throw-away' advertising material becomes an artwork in its own right that shares a small part of the exhibition's history. The cube conversions of invitations for artists such as Jean- Michel Basquiat become significant collectables.

Parkside Ceramics, the gallery at the Darling Downs Potters' Club, is showing work by Sophie Sorella, the featured artist for September. Her creative enthusiasm and versatility can be seen in hand coloured lino block prints of native fauna and flora which commune with similar sgraffito decorated ceramic boxes. There are also vases and vessels, charcoal drawings of horses, and warm brown pots containing small cactus gardens. …

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