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Arts/Culture ian 5/1/2014

I recently posted about the amazing solo exhibition Cai Guo-Qiang at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA). Titled Falling Back to Earth it is extremely thought-provoking and rewarding. It is at GoMA until May 11. If you visit, it is worth heading up one floor to check out some Creative Generation Excellence.

Creative Generation ExcellenceThere are 40 works in this Creative Generation Excellence Awards In Visual Art exhibition and it runs until June 22 (free admission). This annual exhibition showcases the outstanding achievements of senior visual art students from schools throughout Queensland and your humble (but proud) blogger’s daughter has one of her works on display.

At the opening I was really impressed with all the artistic skills on show as well as the thoughts that led to the creation of the works.  I had several ‘favourites’ and one that kept taking me back to have another look because of her layers of vision and imagination was The Way I See Things by Zoe Lawrence from Ferny Grove State High School.

The top photo is part of a digital print titled Release by Madeline Williams from Kelvin Grove State College. In case you are wondering about my daughter’s work (right) – it is called Enough’s enough and is digitally manipulated photography. Here is what she wrote about the work:

This work focuses on hoarding and reflects the concept of collection. Enough’s enough looks at how hoarding consumes the hoarder. By greedily clinging to their meaningless possessions, the hoarder loses touch of what is truly important and struggles to focus on the world outside their own. This outside/inside comparison is represented in the tree reflection in the window. The three different generations being portrayed as hoarders reiterates the fact that hoarders affect those around them.

And if you are visiting Brisbane, Rydges South Bank is just a short stroll away from GoMA.