INS AND OUTS - April 2016, Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery
I curated 'Ins and Outs' for the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, alongside the First Coast Street Art and Music Festival.
I sought to curate an exhibition of emerging and established illustrators and muralists, each asked to reflect on the contemporary tension and/or adjacency between the indoor and outdoor, the mural and the illustration, the public space and the private studio.
There is a nascent trend with contemporary illustrators, many of whom work digitally and on small, paper scales, to attempt to translate their works into large, outdoor murals. Besides the artistic technical shifts, this change of format also entails an intellectual shift of deliberations. Illustrators usually work in a private studio, free to self-dictate their artistic vision in regards to style, size, format and materials. However, when approaching a mural format, these creative parameters are usually already dictated: the mural is a site-specific, often externally curated piece which requires physical materials and spatial considerations.
I approached national and international artists operating between these two mediums and asked them to reflect on this tension and how it dictates and informs their artistic process.
The timing of the First Coast festival during the display of this show is pertinent: it is a timely occasion to explore the emerging creative conversation between these two artistic mediums.