Arts / Delightful journey into the imaginary

visual arts “Imaginarium” Curated by Amanda Stuart The work of 20 artists working in a range of mediums At Belconnen Arts Centre Gallery until February 15. Reviewed by Meredith Hinchliffe

THE works in this exhibition explore the imaginary. Hybridity is central to the theme, and so we are challenged and intrigued by fantastical creatures, hybrid forms and fanciful realms.

There is a large number of works and the exhibition isn’t a particularly cohesive whole, but many hybrid forms do much to delight and intrigue. Artists whose names are familiar and others who are less well known are included.

Suzie Bleach and Andy Townsend are showing “Alicanto”, an assemblage of welded and forged steel, a bird/animal that appears to have collapsed in a heap. It could be Icarus, as there is a wing and what looks to be a human foot.

The artist Carbine is showing “Walrus” (pencil on paper) in men’s clothing riding his bicycle with fungi and a fish floating around him. Carbine’s deer curls up, with an arrow apparently through its belly. He is also showing “Myxsomatosis” a sculpture that reminds us about the damage created by these furry animals.

Steve Roper is exhibiting some scary heads, one titled “Brother in law from hell” in BRT clay, explains it all and he is also showing some paintings along similar lines.

John Reid is midway through a personal project to solar walk across the Earth. He is doing a performance at Belconnen Arts Centre on Sunday, February 15 at 3pm. A large image of him at the front of the centre is displayed, taken by Marzena Wasikowska.

The proceeds, in addition to those from other works, of a selection of comforting reconstructed soft toys by Amelia Zaraftis, Odessa Saraftis and Thea Coddington, will go to the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre.

I am not sure that we will capture the imaginations of the exhibiting artists by seeing the show, but it will make viewers think and laugh.


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