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Animal Fanfair at Pine Rivers Art Gallery

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I am a weekend adventurer and enjoy getting out and about with the family. I live in Brisbane and my main loves are food, sport and kid related activities
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That's not a crocodile, this is a crocodile
This exhibition at the Pine Rivers Art Gallery explores the relationship between animals and humans. It challenges us to think about how we treat and interact with animals.

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Open wide come inside

There are 10 Australian artists represented in the exhibition and a broad range of media used. These include photography, giclee prints, pastels, paints and mixed media. If like me you have no idea what a giclee print is thanks to Wikipedia I now know it is a term for a fine art digital print made on an inkjet printer.

Back to the exhibition. The first thing I noticed when I entered the gallery was a huge crocodile. This is Croqland by Walter Stahl, 2013. This artwork uses the original crocodile from Crocodile Dundee. With this installation Walter has created a new life for the crocodile which otherwise may have remained under a zookeepers house.

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Croqland - Walter Stahl 2013

The next piece to catch my eye was an inkjet print also by Walter featuring a mass of insects. This is Teenage Lighting,2008. Some of Walter's works, including this one, challenge us to think about small creatures such as insects in other ways than mere irritants.

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Teenage Lighting, Walter Stahl 2008

A series of works by Claude Jones speaks of the large scale exploitation of animals by industry and for our own enjoyment.

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Monkey Brains, Claude Jones 2011
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Monkey Tricks,Claude Jones,2011

The works I found most moving were those by Kelly Hussey-Smith. Her images of animals in captivity were very poignant and brought a tear to my eye.

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Asian Elephant, Kelly Hussey-Smith 2009

Rod McRae's series of artworks using taxidermy sculptures were interesting and thought provoking. He uses ethically sourced animal specimens and places them in unusual situations.

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Operation FOXTROT,Rod McRae 2010

This is a small selection of works from the exhibition. I found the exhibition fascinating and enjoyed reading the artist's explanations of what their works intend to convey.

Children are catered for with several tables where they can create an instant animal by folding paper and decorating it, or doing a collage of a fantasy animal. There are also explanations of the artist's work aimed at promoting an understanding in children.

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Kids can make and decorate instant animals

There are several Afternoon Tea & Talk with the Artists sessions coming up which are free. Artists participating are Emma Lindsay - Saturday 1st February, Owen Hutchinson - Saturday 8th February and Walter Stahl - Saturday 15th February. See full details here.

For a wonderful gallery experience visit the Pine Rivers Art Gallery for the Animal Fanfair exhibition or one of the artist talks.
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Why? A free thought provoking exhibition of local artists
When: 10 - 4 Monday to Saturday
Phone: 07 3480 6941
Where: 7/199 Gympie Rd, Strathpine QLD 4500
Cost: Free
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