Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery

current exhibitions

Saturday, 13 January, 2018 to Sunday, 8 April, 2018

Image: Jonathan TSE / Sight Test 1 1999 / monoprint on paper / 57 x 76 cm / Toowoomba City Collection 513 / Reproduced by kind permission

In the 1990s, printmaking became socially and politically challenging and confrontational as artists explored new ideas with new technologies such as computer generated imagery, laser prints and the photo-polymer plate. Displaying prints from the Toowoomba City Collection, Glimpses of Australian printmaking in the 1990s provides a snapshot of the emerging techniques of printmakers during this era and the influence of modern technology on the art form.

Saturday, 10 February, 2018 to Sunday, 11 March, 2018

Image: Benjamin TUPAS / Mindanao Story Cycle (video still) 2018 / single-channel high-definition video / 2 minutes, 30 seconds / Reproduced by kind permission

In late 2017, local artist Ben Tupas travelled to Mindanao in the southern Philippines to visit the places where his parents grew up. The trip was his first after an almost 18-year gap, and his first as an adult. In Mindanao Story Cycle, Tupas reflects on this experience and explores ideas about cultural identity and intergenerational stories. Using mixed media, the work connects family across disparate times and spaces to create the beginnings of an origin story that is both fact and myth. Tupas is a multidisciplinary artist based in Toowoomba who works in the areas of video, photography and graphic design. Mindanao Story Cycle is his first solo exhibition.

Image: Julian THOMPSON / Powhiri: a Meeting of the ANZACs in Taji, Iraq (detail) 2017 / oil on linen / 112 x 210cm / Reproduced by kind permission 

The image of the soldier invokes solemnity. Deepening the striking visual oddness of the interplay between humanity and the environment in the war context is the weight of history, moral obligation, danger and military apparel that bears down on the individual soldier and their colleagues-in-arms. The disruptive pattern camouflage enclosing their bodies mimics the sway and thrust of visual complexity in the repeating patterns of the natural world, challenging the binary distinction between figure and landscape central to the Western art-history canon. Simultaneously, by documenting the grind of an arduous training regime or the meeting of the two ANZAC armies in a theatre of conflict these works depict both the personal histories of soldiers and those of their nation/s - for one is subsumed into another - whilst alluding to the symbolism of history’s own inexorable march toward far-off horizons.

Danish Quapoor & Franz
Saturday, 17 March, 2018 to Sunday, 15 April, 2018

Image: Danish QUAPOOR and Joeli KABU / Akuma Deux Papa 2017 / pen and pencil on paper / 20 x 25cm / Reproduced by kind permission

Traversing the line between solo, group and curated exhibitions, collaberration will combine the diverse creative approaches of multiple artists through a series of experimental illustrative works, unified by the vision and artistic presence of primary collaborator Danish Quapoor.

Lionel & Norman Lindsay at Work
Thursday, 15 February, 2018 to Sunday, 22 April, 2018

Lionel LINDSAY 1874-1961 / Brisbane n.d. / pen drawing / 13.5 x 14.6cm / Lionel Lindsay Gallery and Library Collection 430 / © National Library of Australia

‘I had a fearful vision. I saw all the art in the world piled up in one mound and it was a mile high and fifty miles thick. Damned if I’m going to add my barrow to Apollo’s rubbish tip”’. So states the self-deluded protagonist of Rooms and Houses: An Autobiographical Novel (1968) by Norman Lindsay (1879-1969).

Norman and his brother Lionel Lindsay (1874-1961) worshipped the Greek god of art, Apollo. Despite the oath of Norman’s character, they added countless barrowfuls to ‘Apollo’s rubbish tip’. This exhibition heaps together examples of their art to form a microcosm of that mountainous pile.

Join us for a Twilight Tour on Thursday 15 February @ 5.30pm | This is a free event and all are welcome | RSVP to the gallery.

Exhibition on display from 27 January to 22 April 2018.

Bejamin Tupas
Thursday, 15 February, 2018 to Sunday, 11 March, 2018

Benjamin TUPAS / Mindanao Story Cycle (video still detail) 2018 / single-channel high-definition video / 2:30 mins / Reproduced by kind permission

In late 2017, local artist Benjamin Tupas travelled to Mindanao in the southern Philippines to visit the places where his parents grew up. The trip was his first after an almost 18-year gap, and his first as an adult.

In Mindanao Story Cycle, Tupas reflects on this experience and explores ideas about cultural identity and intergenerational stories. Using mixed media, the work connects family across disparate times and spaces to create the beginnings of an origin story that is both fact and myth.

Benjamin Tupas is a multidisciplinary artist based in Toowoomba who works in the areas of video, photography and graphic design. Mindanao Story Cycle is his first solo exhibition.

Join Ben and the gallery for the Opening & Artist talk on Sunday 11 February @ 1.30pm. This is a free event and all are welcome | RSVP to the gallery by noon Wednesday 7 February 2018.

Exhibition on display 10 February to 11 March 2018.

Thursday, 15 February, 2018 to Thursday, 29 March, 2018

David ROWE / Behind the Lines 2017 - Hero Cartoon

Showcasing the year’s best political cartoons, The Three-Ring Circus captures a world where fact and fiction collide and ringmasters, jugglers and acrobats have all stepped into the political Big Top.

This year provided a cavalcade of political characters and plenty of sensational events to capture the imagination of cartoonists and the public alike. There was citizenship chaos, calls for constitutional reform and a postal plebiscite. The federal Budget caught attention with its invitation to consider both ‘good debt’ and ‘bad debt’ and Donald Trump dominated front pages with his compelling Twitter habit and outspoken responses.

With its many tumultuous events, 2017 was another rich year for our nation’s political cartoonists who continue look behind the lines of the daily political sideshows to capture the spirit of our democracy in all its passion, scepticism and humour.

Behind the Lines 2017 will be on display from 10 February to 29 March 2018.