Beneath The Surface at The Northern Rivers Community Gallery, Ballina

Residents and visitors to the Northern Rivers will have a second chance to see my “Beneath The Surface” exhibition from Wednesday 11th January – Sunday 5th February at The Northern Rivers Community Gallery, 44 Cherry St, Ballina, NSW, 2478. Entry is free and you can call the gallery on (02) 66816167

“Beneath The Surface” is a collection of images exploring the effects of time and the elements on the Hulls of Boats. A lifetime immersed in SALT WATER, exposure to harsh sunlight and the wear and tear that working craft are submitted to, combine to alter the painted surface. It is beneath this surface that the images lie.

As I discovered the compositions, I came to view them as FOUND PAINTINGS, abstract expressions and aerial landscapes; pre-existing artworks waiting to be revealed.  The act of framing them in camera defines and brings them to life. Cropping is as much about what you leave out as what you include.

The more I pondered my Found Paintings the more I realised that these were not paintings at all but quite the reverse. The act of painting involves the application of layers of paint; here the layers were being removed. It was the

OPPOSITE OF PAINTING. I wasn’t telling stories, I was discovering them, recording them. The stories, like the painted hulls, have many layers, some literal, others more ambiguous: The Cornish fishing boat, scratched and polished by countless nets and lobster pots being hauled aboard; the Indonesian outrigger with a plate of metal riveted to the side and cracks filled with putty and silicone, resembling a Pop Art “Stars & Stripes”; the upturned fibre glass tender on Australia’s Patonga Beach, all scuffed and chipped to appear like a satellite image of the earth’s surface.

The stories lay beneath the surface, what interpretive meanings they offer is up to the viewer

The exhibition launch will be on Saturday 14th January 2pm-4pm, light refreshments provided. I’d love to see you there if you can make it.

For those that can’t make it here’s a link to Art Book preview available at blurb.com ….. Giclee prints on Fine Art Paper available from $150

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About MikeGreenslade

Mike is General Manager of ShelterBox Australia, a ShelterBox Response Team member and photographer, based in the Northern Rivers of NSW.
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