Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Viewer Adds to Art Exhibitions

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Viewer Adds to Art Exhibitions

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ART exhibitions are about the ways of seeing, but they are not only about the artist's vision. The viewer, too, is an active participant.

How the viewer reads and responds to the imagery filtered through their own experiences and associations adds a significant factor to the pleasure of gallery visits. Current exhibitions offer a wealth of visual experience that is challenging, exciting, disappointing, demanding, and gratifying.

The Alexandra Lawson Gallery, 2/5-7 Railway St, (Saturdays 7.30-11am),

is profiling "Seeing Painting," an exhibition of new explorations by Tarn McLean.

In earth colours of red and ochre that hold the heat and vibrancy of chillies and turmeric, the works carry layers of paint that retain something of the identity of the linen canvas ground.

To the silence and stillness of her of monochromes McLean has added whispers of a darker tonality.

Although still retaining a minimal, reductive non objective approach, these tonal auras add an almost startling sense of spatial voids that threaten to suck the viewer through an unseen vortex into infinity. In the pair of canvases without stretchers the Rothkoesque delineation offers the viewer the possibility of a new reading of pictorial space.

No Comply Gallery, 6 Laurel St, is featuring "Qualia", a series of video installations by Jade Courtney and Kirsty Lee. 'Qualia' is a term used in the imprecise science of analyzing the phenomenal properties of experience. Perception and the awareness of sight, smell, sound, taste, and touch can include the memory of how the experience felt and this also becomes part of our sensory data bank. …

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