Presents works by Australian and New Zealand contemporary artists who engage with everyday materials and imagery in surprising and transformative ways.
In Out of the ordinary, paper price tags burst into a radiant mandala, a printer performs a colourful abstraction, a huge tarpaulin becomes an unexpected canvas and everyday fluorescent lights convert into brilliant ‘blue poles’.
Drawn from the Gallery’s ARTAND Emerging Artist Collection, the exhibition provides a snapshot of the breadth of artistic practice emerging in Australia and New Zealand during the early 2000s.
These works were created in the early stages of each artist’s career – often after time spent abroad travelling or during a residency. They demonstrate a keen spirit of experimentation and also illuminate the direction and development of the artists’ current practices.
The artists include Rebecca Baumann, Kushana Bush, Sara Hughes, Helen Johnson, Jonathan Jones, Nicholas Mangan, Laith McGregor, Grant Stevens and Michelle Ussher.