Murray Bridge Regional Gallery: exhibitions by Carole Bann, Ute Mooney, Glenn Stenson, Steve Oatway open

Three exhibitions will open at the Murray Bridge Regional Gallery tomorrow.

An official opening will also be held on Sunday, April 23 and will feature guest speakers Emeritus Professor Roger Rees, from Flinders University’s School of Medicine; Jack Condous, vice president of the Royal South Australian Society of the Arts; and artist and Aboriginal cultural learning facilitator Scott Rathman.

Obsessive Nature

Offering simultaneous micro and macro views, Obsessive Nature is a selection of works meticulously created using 24-carat gold, silver metalpoint, coloured pencil and graphite.

Artist Carole Bann is obsessed with drawing and nature, carefully observing the detail, the elements that are missed by a fleeting glance.

She is part of a long lineage of artists who have used the age-old metalpoint technique, and is one of the few contemporary artists to bring this technique into the 21st century.

Penetralia

Plural noun: the innermost parts of a building; a secret or hidden place.

Penetralia is a collaborative exhibition by artist Uta Mooney and author Glenn Stenson, who combine painting, symbolic imagery and installations with written word to share their memories and imagination.

Autobiographical memories fade if not supported and nourished through shared emotions and experiences that merge our recollection with others.

The artists explore those nostalgic places upon which one can never return, and invite viewers to explore a new realm of ideas, hopefully delighting in their own stories too.

Face to Face

Face to Face is a series of Zen-inspired artworks using recycled found materials, reincarnated into an eclectic range of intriguing portraits by Mannum-based  junk artist, painter and arts director Steve Oatway.

"As I sat outside at my welding bench, shaded from the hot sun by my beach umbrella, with a pile of junk to my right, I emptied my mind (zen) of any creative ideas, thoughts or pre-planned concepts,”  he said.

“I fired up my welder, then randomly selected bits of junk from the pile, placing them on the welding bench.

“I closed my eyes and using my sense of feeling, positioned the pieces, blind welding them into place.

“And like magic, faces appeared.

“After the first five portraits were completed, the works I made were no longer zen-inspired.

“I became aware the intention of my sub conscious mind was to create faces."

  • The exhibitions will run from Friday April 21 to Sunday May 28.