Group exhibition from the University of Newcastle Students.
At Watt Space until 29th September.
Intriguing art work requiring consideration and scrutiny is on exhibit at Watt Space Gallery as part of Australiana 2013. This annual art prize invites current art students of the University of Newcastle to interpret the theme and hence reveal their response.
And this the students have achieved. With superb intuition bright concepts fill the space knocking preconceived notions to smithereens. A woven textile lawn mower titled “You’re cutting my grass” takes the suburban icon out of the realm of a contented reverie placing it squarely in patronising anarchy. An environmental dilemma is addressed in an artwork titled “Paperbark Bikini” Made from the bark of the tree it questions Australia’s reliance on overseas production to fuel economic desire. Australian identity is also questioned with yearning pathos. Photographic prints describe vast landscapes but the scene is blighted by a recalcitrant fast food bag. These images conjure more disturbing thoughts than were perhaps intended.
A hardy exhibition highlighting the strengths of these many artists, Australiana can be viewed at Watt Space Gallery, Cnr King and Auckland St Newcastle Wed- Sun 11am-5pm.