Art moves through the ages

Glen Clarke alongside one of his artworks titled A Trembling Quiet.
Glen Clarke alongside one of his artworks titled A Trembling Quiet. Mike Knott

ART enthusiasts will have the chance to soak up the ancient through to the modern when the Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) opens its latest exhibition tonight.

Bundaberg artist Caryl Plant will reveal her latest exhibition of ancient fossils, “Remains to be Seen”, while 2006 National Sculpture Prize winner Glen Clarke will showcase “Bunker”, a reference to his experiences clearing landmines in Vietnam and Laos.

Sydney artist Lauren Brincat's audio visual artwork will also be on offer for locals to view.

BRAG marketing assistant Chloe Camilleri said the gallery expected more than 100 people at the free opening.

The inspiration for Ms Plant's work came when she was introduced to the 30 million-year-old Balcombian Fossil Beads close to where she grew up at the peninsular south of Melbourne.

“I became a collector of marine fossils for the Museum of Victoria,” she said.

“My sister Rhyll and I painstakingly dug and sorted through the heavy clay deposits of the Cenozoic era. We were hooked, both on marine biology and fossils.”

The Remains to be Seen exhibition depicts the remains of past environments different to today, to tell a story of life, death and continuity.

Mr Clarke said his exhibition reflected years of experiments with bomb craters throughout Indo-China.

“This has culminated in numerous sculptures, drains and video works,” he said.

“Scrap metal is currently worth 16 cents per kilo.

“In the market you can buy a metal detector with shortened handles for young children to use.

“Sometimes the scrap metal explodes, often ending in the child having limbs removed.”

Mr Clarke believes the entire world is made of art materials.

“All pre-manufactured objects in the world carry a secret language or baggage,” he said.

Miss Camilleri said the exhibition opened tonight between 5pm and 8pm, and would be open seven days a week until October 17.

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