Pushing the boundaries

Exhibition curator of Push the Medium Alex Wisser with performance artist Alan Schacher.

The Push the Medium exhibition is currently on show at the Narrandera Arts Centre and it’s well worth a look.

Push the Medium was curated by Alex Weisser. The principal behind the exhibition was to encourage the artists to experiment and think outside the box with their preferred mediums, be it painting, photography or sculpture.

Thirteen artists from both regional NSW and Sydney took part in the exhibition, which opened on Sunday February 4.

“We had about 40 people at the opening, which is good for a Sunday,” said Western Riverina Arts Projects and Communications Officer Liana Magrath.

“Four or five of the artists came down from Sydney for the opening.”

The artists came from across NSW, including local artists like Julie Montgarret, who exhibited part of a work from last year’s Shadow Places, as well as artists from the Central West, Sydney and the Blue Mountains.

The nature of the exhibition meant that some of the artworks played with more unusual mediums; Brazilian-born artist Leo Cremenese used earth and water in his artwork, painting with mud during a light shower of rain.

A highlight of the exhibition opening was a performance by artist Alan Schacher.

“It was really interesting. He had these rolls of black crepe paper, which he gently unrolled and wound around himself, until he was a sort of black mass,” Ms Magrath said.

According to Mr Schacher, his improvised work was inspired by Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota and UK artist Anish Kapoor, amongst others.

The exhibition will continue until this Sunday February 18. The gallery is open from 10am until 4pm and entry is free.

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