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Reveal of the continually evolving nature of the medium
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Boroondara's Town Hall Gallery at 360 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn will play host to Expanded Canvas from Sat 23 April to Sat 2 July 2022. This exhibition has a collection of works that challenge the possibilities of scale, form, colour and gesture. It'll reveal the continually evolving nature of the medium, when fused with other disciplines and materials. You'll find current trends of ideas and aesthetics as artists replace traditional grid and two-dimensional picture planes with modern surfaces, including drop sheets, sign vinyl, virtual space, and the gallery itself. Pigment and brushwork are combined with elements from design, sculpture, animation and textiles to create vibrant and unexpected three-dimensional, virtual and ephemeral artworks.

An online tour delivered via Zoom will also be held for art lovers who are vision impaired or blind. It's free to attend this described tour of Expanded Canvas, led by Will McRostie from Description Victoria, alongside artists from the exhibition and curators from the Town Hall Gallery, creating an art encounter to be enjoyed from home on Saturday 25 June 2022 from 2-3.30pm.

The exhibition features works from six artists: David Harley, Lara Merrett, Judy Millar, Tom Polo, Bundit Puangthong and Huseyin Sami. Harley uses digital technologies, creating with the aid of a VR set that allows him to be in the midst of the work while creating it. Merrett's large-scale painting utilises the humble drop sheet or painter's cloth, as material from which to create an immersive environment of colour. Millar's artwork shows her fascination with the double existence we inhabit; on one hand, a mental world consisting of illusions, fantasies, and dreams that live within us, and on the other hand, the physical world of solid materiality that we live within.

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Polo's large canvases are posed like 'actors' in a scene, each leading the viewer through passages of potential meaning. Sami engages a repertoire of pictorial codes and devices such as pouring, dripping, rolling, stretching and cutting household paint to present the possibility of opening up a new creative space. Bundit Puangthong's artistic identity fuses his training in traditional Thai art with a modern arts practice, utilising a range of techniques, from detailed brushwork to stencilling. His experience has manifested in a natural inclination to work on a massive scale.

Mural Painting Performance

Bundit has been commissioned by the Town Hall Gallery to create a new artwork for Expanded Canvas drawing on his large-scale, public mural painting practice. He will undertake a three-day mural painting performance at Town Hall Gallery at allocated times (Fri 29 Apr 10am-4pm; Sat 30 Apr 12pm-4pm; Sun 1 May 10am-3pm) between Friday 29 April and Sunday 1 May 2022. Visitors are invited to watch Bundit as he paints directly onto the gallery walls to create a mixed media artwork that explores the Thai Ramakien Story. Please note, bookings are not required for this performance.
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Why? Expanded Canvas, a major exhibition at Town Hall Gallery
When: Sat 23 April to Sat 2 July 2022
Where: Town Hall Gallery, 360 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn, VIC
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