Artists thrive in hot seat
galleries >> mandy wildeheart
TIME sure goes fast when on holidays and my five weeks in Peru went very quickly indeed. In my time there, I didn’t see anything like what is currently on show at Umbrella Studio, and what a visual treat to come back to. Artists from Townsville and North Queensland have participated in two different aspects of Chair2006 Members’Exhibition.
One stream is an exhibition exploring the theme of Chair, and the other stream is the annual fundraising activity, the task this year being to transform dull plastic chairs into works of art that were auctioned.
More than 60 original artworks are on show in the proper exhibition as a result of starting with the gallery’s definition suggestions and then further exploring all possible interpretations of the term ‘chair’.
Starting definitions were: preside over, take the chair, lead, manage, chair person, seat, bench, hot seat, and electric chair, with these and just about every other possible meaning being represented.
Most techniques and media have been represented as well and viewers will see works ranging across mixed media, paintings, textiles, prints, photography, film, installations and sculpture.
Featuring red in their compositions, Sally Grattidge has a sensitive yet bold watercolour called Airport Cafe´ — Midnight, while Erwin Cruz has submitted an acrylic portrait of Chairman Mao.
Naturally, some artists have just used a chair for their exhibition piece, as can be seen in Sliced Chair and Butter by Kalvin Lloyd-Smith. Resembling a section of a dinosaur skeleton, the work features slices of a chair laid out on a low, flat plinth.
All types of chairs have been used and Amanda Feher has used a fish bowl, text, ping pong balls and a miniature chair for Thinking Space.
It is amazing what the humble chair could be transformed into and even the gallery director, Vicki Salisbury, got into the fundraising act by submitting a chair.
All of the creations were very clever, with some being very subtle and then others being not so subtle at all.
Uli Liessman’s creations fall into the not too subtle category. He had a lot of fun with his two chairs, The Chairman and The Chairwoman and the matching yellow polka dot swimsuits on the painted figures are nicely finished with rubbery feet attached to the bottom of the chair legs.
>> Umbrella Studio is closed for Christmas holidays, reopening on January 15. Chair2006 is on until February 11. The Chairman by Erwin Cruz Sliced Chair and Butter
by Kalvin Lloyd-Smith
Thinking Space Do you want a shag baby, yeh?
by Anna Milic
The Chairman & The Chairwoman
by Amanda Feher