Assemblage and Collage

Something in the Air, Canberra Art Gallery and Museum
by Bic Parker, Special Correspondent

Went to the art gallery located in Civic Square to have a look at an exhibition of works by local artists. I have had previous insights into some of these artistes works before this day and it was a delightful afternoon spent reminiscing with their works. I dont profess to be a leading authority on art, especially when it comes to assemblage and collage, but I was grateful to be able to benefit from the little blurbs with all the works which I guess were the artists statements pertaining to their works.

I found it all to be visually rich in symbols and metaphors, utilizing all ready found items that the artist has given new life to, quite often by its association with other objects but always by providing a new environment in which to view the objects. Some of the artists include David Watts, Michael Taylor, Rosalie Gasgoine (a long time local artist who has since passed away leaving a legacy of works very local and area orientated with an appreciation for the little delights which define Canberra), Alex Ashe and Marianna del Castillo who continues to humble me with her very South American style of in your face.

There are to many artists in this exhibition for me to cover every panel. I can only encourage you the reader to whip down and have a look, it does not cost anything and it is equipped with a lovely café and smack in the middle of the C.B.D. A great break from the tedium which is our city. Thank you artists of Canberra.

Continues to 10th Oct.

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