The Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) is being taken over this month by special guest curators, Sharne Wolff and Jane Denison, to present a unique exhibition that explores the idea of ‘home’ through four individual interpretations of the concept.
Sydney artist Heath Franco won the 2015 NSW Visual Arts Fellowship for emerging artists against a very strong field of young contemporary artists. When asked to curate an exhibition at NRCG, the guest curators decided to focus on three local emerging artists who were new to the Gallery. They said they fantasised about asking a leading emerging artist to exhibit as well, and that Heath seemed like a perfect choice.
All New Home is presented through the eyes of four contemporary artists; each with their own personal understandings of ‘home’.
Heath Franco revisits his childhood home in Berridale on video, and the experience of seeing a familiar childhood landscape through adult eyes. Lismore painter Kathryn Dolby views the home as a space that is loaded with intimacy and memory and for ceramicist Greg Furney, home is a place of comfort and retreat.
Byron Arts Magazine’s own staff photographer and Lennox Heads local Natalie Grono, believes that home is very much connected to her coastal way of living and portrays this through her display.
“We were thrilled when Heath consented to have his most recent work Home Town Two displayed on the Northern Rivers,” the guest curators said.
Drawing on the title of Heath’s exhibition, the special guest curators selected the three accompanying local artists who they thought could conjure the idea of ‘home’ in a variety of ways through their artwork.
“Our culture is swept up in the idea of home improvement, and yet our idea of home varies considerably,” they said.
“For some, home is associated with a sense of bitter-sweet nostalgia, while for others feelings evoke a sense of home more than any physical place.”
These bold interpretations of home will continue to be displayed until Sunday 20 November, 2016.
The Northern Rivers Community Gallery is located at 44 Cherry Street Ballina and is open Wednesday to Friday from 10am until 4pm and weekends from 9.30am until 2.30pm.
Post by Liz Calligeros