Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) is launching four new exhibitions this month.
‘Unconditional Stories’, from Ballina Hospital patients and Lismore TAFE, is described as ‘a journey of health, illness and life experiences transformed into art’.
The show is a visual exploration of the impacts of illness and injury experienced by patients recently discharged from Ballina District Hospital and their caregivers.
The artwork reflects unique and personal stories of sickness and healing, and is the result of a special collaboration between patients and students.
‘Boundlessness’, from Bruno Kortenhorst is a collection of dreamlike photographs exploring ‘the boundaries between inner and outer worlds’, informed by the artist’s lifelong interest in meditation and created while on retreat in the desert at Uluru and Kata Tjuta.
The photographer uses an analogue pinhole camera, with no viewfinder. The process is described as ‘intuitive and experimental’.
‘Eco-Land’, from artist and lecturer Geoff Tolchard is a series of drawings completed during lockdown.
Tolchard uses animals as a metaphor for tolerance and hope.
With the ever increasing depletion of nature and the call for more conservation, his drawings can be seen as ‘single frame stories’.
‘On Orchard’ from artist, designer and photographer Michael Stiegler is a series of mixed media works commenting on ‘excess in contemporary culture, portraying vulnerability, desire, anxiety and lust for consumption in a modern world’.
These works combine art, fashion and photography with an ‘energetic street appeal’.
All exhibitions open Wednesday 12 August 2020 and continue until Sunday 18 October 2020 at 44 Cherry Street Ballina.
Bookings are not required, however all visitors must sign in at the entry station and observe COVID-19 safety requirements upon entry.
There will be no launch event due to social distancing and event restrictions.
For further information contact Northern Rivers Community Gallery on (02) 6681 0530 or visit the gallery’s website.