Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Exhibitions Employ Mixed Media of Art

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Exhibitions Employ Mixed Media of Art

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EXHIBITIONS by artists employing a mix of media including light, assemblage, collage, acrylic paint, and sophisticated gE clee ink jet prints create a fascinating diversity that offers snippets of history, the politics of memory, and auto biographical scrutiny.

RAYGUN, 249 Margaret St, is hosting a novel visual experience with "The Disco Show," an exhibition of works by some twenty-two invited artists who have cultural links to Toowoomba.

The format is a 30x30cm support, the size paying homage to the 331/3 vinyl record.

The scale suits the intimate space of the gallery but it is the lighting provided by a large mirror ball that seems to grab the images and bop them around the room in true 1970s musical abandonment.

The disco and the mirror ball changed the culture of music: its perception, its reception, and how we respond to the physicality of the dance floor.

The exhibition re-contextualises the experience by placing the notion of 'disco' in the white box of the gallery as both exhibition and spectacle.

While the artworks may reflect the styles and imagery favoured by the artists, these become corrupted, distorted, and exaggerated as they are re-interpreted through the revolving fragmented lighting of the mirrored ball. An eclectic and fascinatingly diverse exhibition becomes a vital, living entity when the lights are cut and the mirror ball lets rip!

This celebration of memory and happen-stance by inspired curators Grace Dewar and David Usher is supported by zany posters highlighting each artist. …

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