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GINA FAIRLEY: Art Career Booster

In May this year we were lucky to have met the fantastic art writer Gina Fairley during her joint visit to Toowomba with Sharon Louden and Hrag Vartanian.  On the side of writing and reviewing Gina spends time sharing her knowledge about living day to day as a professional artist and arts worker and we are super excited she’s taking the time to venture back to our region and deliver a workshop and discussion on the topic. Numbers are limited and first in best dressed. Email us at RAYGUN to reserve your seat.

Ali and Tarn

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DAVID AKENSON Participatory Game #4 Kusama

Friday night saw the opening of David Akenson’s Participatory Game #4.  The board game required 4 players to execute and we had some keen punters to carry out the task. David was able to give an outline/premise behind the show and explain the rules. See below for a review of the show, with words by Graeme Kelly. It’s all about the grid. Thanks David for showing with us.


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Participatory Game #4 Kusama, words by Graeme Kelly

A lecturer in Visual Fine Arts theory Dr David Akenson is one of the University of Southern Queensland’s most respected identities. Among his research interests are modern art, Australian art, contemporary art, art history and German idealism. David also expresses interest in the relationship between art and life. “Art, like life, is a game with rules that can be followed or broken, but must always be observed,” he says. This theory has been taken to a new level by David with a showing of his Participatory Game #4: Kasuma, which was launched at RAYGUN PROJECTS in Margaret Street, Toowoomba, on September 1. “This work is a hybrid form of art that belongs to a series of such works I began a few years ago,” David told an audience of admirers, who packed into the gallery for the launch. “It is an abstract game of art for two to six participants. “It consists of a set of rules; a number of objects used in the game; a group of participants; and a location, in this case RAYGUN Projects, Toowoomba. “The work represents a convergence of a number of influences. The dot work of Yayoi Kusama, the grid works of modernists, the games of the Dadaists, Fluxus and the Situationists, and the participatory works of artists aiming to include the viewer as participants in the created ‘situation’.” The game David has devised is played on a square measuring one metre by one metre placed on top of a plinth with some round discs denoting various values, which are placed around the board. Although the rules of the game were displayed on the gallery wall there was much mirth as those attending the launch tested themselves against each other. The showing will continue through until the end of September.

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METER (Copenhagen) I would prefer not to

We are super charged to see METER Copenhagen up and running as a critical art space in Denmark. This space takes an investigative and critical view of society and structures within society through art and artistic practices..

This group show I would prefer not to, Co-Curated by Louise Lassen Iversen   who has shown with us in the past at RAYGUN,  explores the notion of time and holds the work of Eva Koch’s 1997 video piece Transit  Check it out.