BATHURST Regional Art Gallery will showcase an exciting, bold and colourful contemporary art exhibition over the summer months.
Taking inspiration from the passages of Lewis Carroll’s book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Curiouser & Curiouser presents the works of 18 emerging, mid-career and established artists from across Australia.
The artworks range in media including sculpture, ceramic, video, painting, installation, electronic and digital. The works engage with playfulness, colour, myth, wonder, humour, bewilderment and dream-like imagery.
Artists include Adrian De Giorgio, Amanda Wolf, Ella Barclay, Jason Sims, Karen Golland, Kate Mitchell, Kate Rohde, Kimberley Liddle, Louise Paramor, Michaela Gleave, Natalie Ryan, Nell, Nike Savvas, Pia van Gelder, Rosie Deacon, Tracy Sarroff, Troy Emery and Tully Arnot.
This exhibition is a wonderful display of Australian contemporary art at its most colourful and wildly expressive. It is a lot of fun and will delight all ages.
Amanda Wolf, a Melbourne -based artist, has been commissioned by BRAG for Curiouser & Curiouser to create a playful installation inspired by the painted rose bushes in Alice in Wonderland and the game of hide and seek.
Sydney-based artist Kate Mitchell’s work Fall Stack 2012 is an installation of five TV screens in sync. The work shows artist falling down an endless array of intensely coloured shop awnings, alluding the Alice’s fall down the rabbit hole.
Bathurst-based artist Karen Golland will exhibit Mad Honey 2018 which is an interactive installation work blurring the boundary between beauty and toxicity, the real and the virtual. Mad Honey involves handcrafted pompoms replicating azalea plants which pulse multi-coloured lights.
Rosie Deacon’s work Kangasue 2017 is a giant three and a half metre tall multi-coloured plush toy kangaroo with a pouch you can step inside. It’s a work that’s sure to delight all ages.
Strongly coloured and decorated works of Kate Rohde, inspired by the opulent designs of the Baroque and Rococo periods, transport us to another world where all-consuming colourful and extravagant design abounds.
Curiouser & Curiouser will be on exhibition from Friday, December 14 until Sunday, February 10, 2019.
The opening will include roving performances by Bathurst based group Junkyard Circus and music by Rob Shannon.
A program of talks, film screenings and artist-led workshops will accompany the exhibition.