ON DISPLAY: Shaun Tan’s The Lost Thing: From book to film features original sketches, drawings and paintings used in the making of both the book and the film.
ON DISPLAY: Shaun Tan’s The Lost Thing: From book to film features original sketches, drawings and paintings used in the making of both the book and the film. Courtesy Lothian Bookshachett

Exhibitions at Rocky Art Gallery offer amazing variety

IT MIGHT have started to cool down outside but June at Rockhampton Art Gallery is a hot affair.

Three new travelling exhibitions are now open that explore Academy Award-winning animation; moving house; and notions of a utopian paradise and asylum, all carved in marble.

Shaun Tan's picture book The Lost Thing tells the story of a boy living in a city overrun by bureaucracy who befriends a strange creature who doesn't seem to belong anywhere.

Shaun was invited to direct an animated version that became the Oscar-winning short film.

Shaun Tan's The Lost Thing: From book to film features more than 50 of Tan's exquisite original sketches, drawings and paintings used in the making of both the book and the film.

This exhibition is an absolute must for younger art lovers and will also include animation workshops during the June-July school holidays.

In Last Resort, Alex Seton explores notions of the utopian paradise represented through inflatable palm trees carved in marble.

The association to island life, leisure and water-recreation suggest states of inflation and deflation, and are at odds with the perception of a tropical oasis that an island can represent for those seeking asylum.

Artist duo Susan and Peter O'Doherty know firsthand the anxiety and anticipation of Moving House. The exhibition reflects their respective childhoods living in families that were perpetually on the move.

Susan constructs wooden and painted assemblages that encase found domestic objects and Peter paints canvases, showing suburban houses, facades, driveways and streetscapes that reflect the distinctive Australian suburban architecture of decades past and present.

For more information on programs or to join Friends of the Gallery, phone 4936 8248 or web

www.rockhamptonartgallery.com.au.



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