I was pondering new technologies today after seeing so many people going about their daily lives with mobile phones attached to their anatomy. Are we missing what is happening in the moment while we catch up with life though an object like an iPhone? Face to face may become a thing of the past. We may chose to shop on the internet, view everything online and never bother to leave home. Art exhibition openings in that context may become obsolete.
On the other hand this might give new meaning to connecting with an object such as a painting or sculpture live in a gallery. To hold it in the stillness of the mind for a moment in this situation would be extraordinary. Away from the business of life, an artwork can have a personal meaning for each viewer, and this experience can be best felt if alone with the work.
My current exhibition Hidden Dimensions is travelling and going next to Atherton Tablelands. Last year I wrote a blog post on the value of travelling an exhibition and on Thursday night this exhibition had its fourth venue opening at Noosa Regional Gallery. In was in full swing and we had a very large crowd. This was due to Hidden Dimensions being just one of four openings that night and one gallery held a group exhibition of small works with many local artists participating. Quite a few visitors that night did comment on how they had visited the gallery the previous day to spend time alone with the art.
It was great to see so many out and about especially on such a rainy night and the many artists exhibiting felt some pleasure is seeing their work appreciated. On Facebook you can see the Hidden Dimensions exhibition not long after it was hung… and then be one of the happy crowd viewing the Noosa Regional Gallery opening night There is a write up titled Four Stunning Exhibitions sure to impress by the Sunshine Coast Daily newspaper to read and you will find the gallery details on the Sunshine Coast Galleries website
Below are a few images of the Hidden Dimensions exhibition which runs until the 26th May. Entry is Wednesday to Sunday from 10am and its free to the public. The address is Pelican Drive, Tewantin, and the gallery is near the Council chambers and close to the Marina. Please do check the opening hours if you intend to go see the exhibitions.