Council cultural manager Andrew Gill at the new exhibition.
Council cultural manager Andrew Gill at the new exhibition. MAX FLEET

Bundy's history displayed in art

VISITORS to the Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery can make their mark on the changing face of the Coral Coast region with a new exhibition by artist-in-residence Blair McNamara.

Seachanges and treechanges are explored in the display of vivid photographs and mixed-media paintings, with many local places and people put under the spotlight.

The title, coodabinshoodabin – coral coast, refers to the changes that “could have been, or should have been” seen around the Bundaberg area, with the children’s section of the gallery asking kids to draw their vision for the town’s future.

While Mr McNamara dissects Bundaberg’s faces and places, Shalom College teacher and Bundaberg artist Chris Johnstone has reconstructed the human body in a sculpture display.

Inspired by modern art movements, particularly futurism, Mr McNamara has created bodies from guitars, metal and fibreglass for the display Reconstructing the Human Form.

“In my art, I like to experiment with dehumanising the human body – meaning the soft, fleshy organic forms of the body are partly replaced with hard, sharp edges,” Mr McNamara said.

Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery exhibitions officer Bianca Acimovic said it was a treat for the gallery to get an exhibition of so many sculptures.

“We also have digital support with videos of Chris showing how he came to make them,” she said.

A digital display by Christine McMillan projects images of grass seeds through mesh screens, creating a three-dimensional artwork examining the connection between the natural and constructed worlds.

The exhibitions were officially opened on Wednesday.

Visit the gallery
  • The exhibitions are BRAG’s last displays for the year, and will be on display until January 17.
  • The gallery is open 10am to 5pm weekdays, and 11am to 3pm on Saturday and Sunday.

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