April 20th 2013
'Mesh' is a must-see
Last night a large crowd gathered for the opening of Mesh, an extraordinary group exhibition by north Queensland artists, Marion Gaemers, Lynette Griffiths and Sue Ryan at Umbrella Studio Gallery in Townsville. Almost all of the work included recycled beach junk, much of it from deadly ghost nets. And, included with the exhibition was a video produced by Penelope Sheridan about Marion Gaemers who conducted a “Flotsam and Fibre” woven mural workshop on Magnetic Island last year.
With Gaemers’ octopus head-dress masks, massive crocs, and fish-like creatures who might easily appear on a Dr Who set through to Griffiths’ ceramic and ghost net figures of fear and fun to the most fearsome but irresistible dump dogs by Sue Ryan, this show was jumping, snapping and snarling to be seen.
The great thing that all can see in this show is how beach junk can be recycled into astonishingly engaging art.
It was inspired by the artists’ visits to remote Aboriginal communities on Cape York where massive numbers of killer ghost nets are collected by the locals to free their beaches of the scourges which have been lost or cut adrift in the ocean by fishing trawlers, mostly from our northern neighbours.
Magnetic Times was there taking photos which we have posted to our facebook page (Click here)
As Penelope’s (your Editor’s partner in life and in Cranky Curlew Productions) video was also screened for the first time, we are excited to present it for all to see on youtube (Click here).
This is a fun and must see show which we expect kids and adults to thoroughly enjoy.
Umbrella Gallery is located at 482 Flinders Street West, Townsville and Mesh continues until May 26.