Artists thrive in hot seat

gal­leries >> mandy wilde­heart

Townsville Bulletin - - Lettersextra -

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

Uli Liess­man’s

by Amanda Fe­her

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