Space Invaders on show at USC Gallery

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Space Invaders on show at USC Gallery


Detail from Margaret Ellen Turner's Space Invaders #568

15 November 2013

Two exhibitions – including one from award-winning artist Margaret Ellen Turner – will be officially opened at the University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery on Thursday 21 November at 6.30pm.

Margaret Ellen Turner: Space Invaders will be officially opened by USC’s Senior lecturer in Art and Design Dr Lisa Chandler.

Dr Chandler said Turner had previously painted while teaching art and design for more than 20 years but was now focusing purely on her own art journey.

“She has been shortlisted for national and regional prizes many times and this exhibition will showcase her work Space Invaders #572, the winning entry from the recent Kenilworth Arts Prize,” she said.

“Turner’s work includes a selection of large paintings filled with luminous shapes that form hypnotic patterns. The brightly coloured, repetitive balloon-like forms may remind many viewers of the 1980s video arcade games, but visitors can also search for their own meanings in the works.”  

The second exhibition, Raw Line: Caloundra Drawing Collective is a series of pencil and ink wash drawings, focusing on short poses and collaborative sketches that capture fleeting moments as a life model moves continuously throughout a five-minute period.

USC Gallery Curator Dawn Oelrich said this work had a raw quality that brings it to life.

“As humans are in constant movement and not static, the artists have taken a unique approach by working collaboratively with quick bold strokes to achieve spontaneity and freshness,” she said.

Both exhibitions will continue at the USC Gallery until Friday 20 December.

The gallery is located at the University campus on Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs. It is open free to the public from 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday and closed Sundays and public holidays.

— Terry Walsh

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