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Beautiful Bizarre Curated Exhibition “Interconnected” @ New England Regional Art Museum

The Beautiful Bizarre Magazine curated exhibition Interconnected, which opens on May 13 at the New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM) in Armidale, New South Wales, is the second Museum exhibition by Beautiful Bizarre, and the first to be held in the magazine’s home country, Australia.

A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.

Albert Einstein

This exhibition is much broader in its scope than our usual curated exhibitions. It expands the category of still life and landscape, intersecting these genres with lowbrow, neopop and dark surrealism. The representation of daily occurrences, the small objects around us, and the unfiltered reality that we live in, has the capacity to connect with people and provide a ground to start meaningful conversations. I decided to include other genres and styles, along with figurative art to appeal to the broader audience in regional Australia. To show collectors, artists and enthusiasts that all of these styles have value and are representative of the exceptional work being made in this country.

With over 70 artists each working in their own unique style, we can see an amazing diversity and expression of the Interconnected theme, and what it means to each artist on a personal level. This exhibition also includes a wonderful diversity of styles, genres, and media including oil, watercolour and acrylic paint, gouache, coloured pencil, ink, markers, charcoal, graphite, ceramics, thread, paper, soldering iron, resin, wax, wood, bones, textiles, found objects, digital, and photography. 

Of course we will each have our own thoughts and opinions about what Interconnected means to us in 2022, however I believe that the last few years of the global pandemic, drought, fires, floods, the eroding of women’s rights, and now the war in Ukraine has made evident just how interconnected we are as a species – no matter our geographical location, society, ethnicity, or religion. The climate crisis is also affecting Australians in extreme and devastating ways, making the fact of our interconnectedness to nature glaringly obvious. Sadly we are not doing enough, quickly enough, to make real change in this area. My hope is that this exhibition will also shine a light on the importance of change now – not just for our environment and nature, but our human populations too. 

Interconnected

Group Exhibition curated by Beautiful Bizarre Magazine

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NEW ENGLAND REGIONAL ART MUSEUM

106 Kentucky St, Armidale NSW 2350, Australia | Phone: + 61 2 6772 5255 | [email protected]

Exhibition Dates:
13 May – 26 June 2022  | Opening Reception: 13 May 2022, 6 – 8pm

To attend the opening reception please book your free ticket here.

Interconnected: Additional Events

Artist Panel Discussion

May 14, 2022 at 10:30am | New England Regional Art Museum

Ebony Russell, “Mirrored Kingdom Triptych” Piped Porcelain and Glaze 

Join us for an artist panel discussion featuring five exhibiting artists from Interconnected: A Beautiful Bizarre Magazine curated exhibition.

Hear from photographer Aaron McPolin, sculptor Linde Ivimey, figurative painter Sharon England, still life painter Helen McCullagh and ceramicist Ebony Russell as they discuss their creative process and the work they have created for this exhibition.

Book your free ticket to the Artists Panel Discussion here.

Paint & Sip – Landscape Painting Workshop with Paula Jenkins

June 3, 2022 at 6 – 8:30pm | New England Regional Art Museum

Paula-Jenkins - landscape painting

Join Interconnected exhibiting artist Paula Jenkins for a fun evening of painting and champagne.  In this workshop, we will discuss what to look for when creating a landscape painting, how to form a good composition, and the bones to building a painting. We will also look at colour mixing, and how to be adventurous with the use of colour to create vibrancy and energy in a painting.

The workshop is for everyone, no prior art experience is required. Come along to paint and meet people or grab a couple of friends for a fun, arty night out.

Book your ticket for Paint & Sip Landscape Painting workshop here.

Exhibiting Artists

Aaron McPolin, Alex Louisa, Anne-Marie Zanetti, Ben Howe, Beth Mitchell, Bonnie Larden, Chanelle Rose, Chelsea Gustafsson, Christine Webb, Clairy Laurence, Clare Thackway, Clare Toms, Colleen Southwell, Courtney Brims, Dana Kinter, Dean Home, Del Kathryn Barton, Ebony Russell, Elisabeth Lawrence, Elizabeth Barden, Elouise Roberts, Emily Day, Fiona Smith, Gatya Kelly, Gina Kalabishis, Helen McCullagh, Hiromi Tango, Isabelle de Kleine, Jennifer Allnutt, Jenny Orchard, Jeremy Geddes, Jessica Watts, Johnny Kovacevic, Judith Nangala Crispin, Julianne Ross Allcorn, Kate Rohde, Kate Waanders, Kathrin Longhurst, Kendal Murray, Kim Evans, Kim Leutwyler, Lihao Lu, Linde Ivimey, Lix North, Liz Priestley, Lori Cicchini, Lucy Hardie, Marie Larkin, Marisa Veerman, Matthew Quick, Melissa Hartley, Michelle Fogarty, Michelle Molinari, Myfanwy Gullifer, Narelle Zeller, Nat Ward, Paula Jenkins, Penelope Oates, Petra Reece, Pippa McManus, Rachel Favelle, Robert Duxbury, Ryan Pola, Sally Kent, Sam Yong, Samantha Dennison, Samantha Frye, Sarah Waghorn, Scott Breton, Sebastian Galloway, Sharon England, Steve Salo, Vanessa Stockard.

We are now delighted to reveal below just a small selection of the work for ‘Interconnected’. Enjoy!

Hiromi Tango
“Red Moon 赤い月”, 2022
Woven textiles, 45 x 60 x 60cm
Samantha Dennison
“Still Life with Thistle, Attitude, and Ant”, 2022
Oil on Canvas, 60cm x 60cm
Lucy Hardie
“Free”, 2021
Charcoal, pastel and graphite on cotton paper, 53 x 53 cm
Narelle Zeller
“The Weaving”, 2022
Oil on acm panel, 57cm x 57cm
Jeremy Geddes
“Fury 8”, 2016
Oil on board, 45cm x 45 cm
Linde Ivimey
“Regina et Rex Omnia (Queen & King of everything)”, 2022
Wood, plaster, acrylic resin, dyed cotton, peacock feathers, bird and snake bones, garnets, amethyst, green agates and smoky quartz. Regina: 52 x 18 x 15cm | Rex: 53 x 18 x 15cm
Chelsea Gustafsson
“Danger”, 2022
Oil on board, 60 x 60cm
Lix North
“Message in A Bottle”, 2022
Oil on Aluminium, 57 x 57 cm
Johnny Kovacevic
“Just Like a Dream”, 2022
Oil and aerosol on board, 57 x 57 cm
Gatya Kelly
“The Peony Thief”, 2022
 Oil on linen, 61 x 61cm
Isabelle de Kleine
“Fractures Within”, 2022
Watercolour, Gouache and Acrylic on Paper, 50 x 50cm
Courtney Brims
“Mycelium Dreams of a Woylie”, 2022
Watercolour, coloured pencil and panpastel on paper, 24cm x 28cm
Nat Ward
“Wattles on Horseshoe lagoon”, 2022
Oil on canvas 60cm x 60cm
Sebastian Galloway
“Autumnal”, 2022
Oil on Copper, Museum acrylic, 56 x 56cm
Robert Duxbury
“Kitchen”, 2022
Watercolour and gouache on Fabriano paper mounted on panel, 56cm x 56cm
Clare Toms
“Infinitely Bound”, 2022
Oil on board, 46cm x 46cm
Colleen Southwell
“On Hallowed Ground”, 2022
Paper, wire, pigment, watercolour, entomology pins, paper clay, 60 x 60 x 6cm
Julianne Ross Allcorn
“It’s the little things we see when we stay still”, 2022
Pencil, watercolour, acrylic on board, 61 x 61 cm
Helen McCullagh
“Soul Ties”, 2022
Oil on poly cotton, 57.5 x 57.5 cm
Sharon England
“Where You End, I Begin”, 2022
Acrylic on Canvas, 60cm x 60cm
Sarah Waghorn
“A Room of My Own”, 2022
Oil on poly cotton, 60 x 60cm
Kathrin Longhurst
“Body & Mind III”, 2022
Oil on linen, 60 x 60cm
Scott Breton
“Threads”, 2022
Oil on canvas, 60 x 60 cm
Kim Evans
“No Words”, 2022
Acrylic on cradled panel, 44 x 44cm
Fiona Smith
“Florentine Maggie”, 2022
Oil on canvas, 57 x 57 cm 
Jessica Watts
“The Sum of All Light”, 2022
Oil and paper on panel, 57cm x 57cm
Kate Waanders
“First Aid”, 2022
Oil on canvas with blackwood frame, 56.5 x 56.5cm
Aaron McPolin
“We kill all the caterpillars and complain there are no butterflies” (Series: PIN CUSHION), 2022  
Special Edition 1 of 1. Photograph on fine art cotton rag, 46 x 46 cm
 
Art Direction and Photography: Aaron McPolin | Art Direction and Needle / Taxidermy Artistry: Jessie Walker | Model: Alex Gerrard | Butterflies: Morpho Didius
Del Kathryn Barton
“for the love of”, 2021
Ink on paper, 77 x 58 cm
About Author

Danijela Krha Purssey is an entrepreneur, and the Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Australian based international contemporary art magazine, Beautiful Bizarre Magazine. She is deeply passionate and committed to her vision to help shift the paradigm in the global contemporary arts industry regarding what is defined and accepted as contemporary art.

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