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The work of eight Australian artists, who break from the mould of traditional ideas, methods and materials of glass making, is currently on show at the Tweed River Art Gallery in Murwillumbah.

Tour De Force: In Case of Emergency Break Glass is a project developed by Wagga Wagga Art Gallery and Brisbane organisation artisan and on display till 6 May.

A gallery spokesperson said the exhibition brings new focus to the medium of glass ‘particularly the conceptual branch of the practice’.

‘Masterfully crafted and exquisitely realised, the provocative exhibition is a celebration of genuine artistic integrity, challenging and inspiring a new generation of studio glass artists,’ the spokesperson said.

Curated by renowned glass ‘rebel’ Megan Bottari, the exhibition features pieces by Timothy Horn, an expatriate Australian living in New Mexico renowned for his ghoulish glass creations; Tom Moore with his ‘signature Autoganic vegetable soap opera’; and Ian Mowbray with his series of ‘family body bits in specimen jars’.

Gallery director Susi Muddiman said that during her time as director of the National Art Glass Gallery in Wagga Wagga, she became familiar with the work of ‘these exciting artists’.

‘Each of these practitioners are world renowned in their practice and produce stunning, challenging works,’ she said.

Also on display till 6 May is The Dragon’s Back, ceramic works influenced by the cultures of Asia and the Middle-East by Sue Fraser, Louise Fulton and Ruth Park.

The exhibition, the spokesperson said, celebrates the Year of the Dragon by bringing to life connections between dragons and Mt Warning’s caldera rim.

Image: Tim Horn’s White Death 2009, made from crystallised rock sugar, foam core, hot glue and varnish, is one of the eye-catching works in the latest touring exhibition at Tweed River Art Gallery called Tour De Force: In Case of Emergency Break Glass. Photo Jeff Dawson.

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