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by Toni Megan (subscribe)
I'm a beginning writer with a Brisbane Bucket-list and a desire to see it all and report back.
Published August 10th 2014
Where fun meets Art
I am no artist. I am not even someone who considers myself to be interested in art. However, I do have an interest in all things fun and exciting, and in modern galleries I cannot deny that art and fun often come entwined.

That is why I subscribe to the GoMA newsletter.

Every so often GoMA exhibits something that even the most sceptical art appreciator can enjoy.

Over the past four years I have been to at least five exhibits that I never knew the names of, BUT I do remember the feelings these exhibits injected into my soul and I will keep going back until these feelings stop.

GoMA, Slide, Pool, 21st Century: Art in the First Decade
21st Century: Art in the First Decade at GoMA

The first time I became entranced with this magical building was back in 2011 when the gallery presented 21st Century: Art in the First Decade. Whilst the name left little to be desired, the exhibition was anything but boring. At 21 years of age my partner and I thoroughly enjoyed our ride (ok rides) down the slides that spiralled from the third story to ground level. We lined up to grab our hessian sacks with a number of small children (and a number of big adults) more than once in the hours we spent there that day. We also spent our time in a room filled to the brim with giant purple balloons that made our hair stand on end and our caused electric shocks every time we tried to kiss. We ended our day out by taking turns running down the stairs to stand in the waterless swimming pool so we could have our photo taken.

21st Century: Art in the First Decade, GoMA, Balloon
21st Century: Art in the First Decade at GoMA

In 2012 we returned to view Yayoi Kusama's Look Now, See Forever exhibit which encompassed a lot of dots. Now I don't mean a few dots on a couple canvases, I mean a room… covered in dots called The Obliteration Room as well as some giant spotty flowers and large inflated objects. We didn't just get to look at this dotty art we were actually a part of its creation. Visitors were given rolls of stickers and were encouraged to cover up any white space left that they could find. When we went there was a lot of negative space still available to cover but as the exhibit went on, space became harder and harder to find.

Yayoi Kusama: Look Now, See Forever, GoMA, Dots
Yayoi Kusama: Look Now, See Forever at GoMA

At this time we also visited Magic Land by Perth-based artist duo Pip & Pop. Whilst it was aimed at children and families, we thoroughly enjoyed our investigation into the intricate glittery world. We felt as if we had stepped into a mushroom ring and had been transported into the world of the fairies. Who says children's exhibits can't be enjoyed by adults?

Magic Land, GoMa, Art, children
Magic Land at GoMA

These weird and wacky exhibitions may only happen once a year in between the confusing lined canvases… but they do happen, and you do not want to be the one who misses them. So why don't you sign up now?
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Why? Because sometimes art merges with fun.
When: Whenever you are in the mood for some culture.
Phone: 3840 7303
Where: Stanley Place, Cultural Precinct South Bank, Brisbane Queensland 4101, Australia
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