With a take on the eclectic pop-art style, GALA Gallery is serving all the kitsch-pop vibes you could possibly ask for at their next exhibition opening event this Saturday, 5 September. Featuring highly-acclaimed artists from the local region as well as from around the country, the exhibition combines a unique flair of bold vibrancy and thought provocation, against a backdrop of colourful surprises and dream-land fantasy.
PHOTO CAPTION: Featured Artists, Niloufar Lovegrove and Veronika Zeil in the POP Exhibition at GALA Gallery.
Local artist, Veronika Zeil, has created works that focus around a social, cultural commentary on our impact on the natural world while making reference to the origins of the pop-art movement.
“I wanted my works to really stand out and make people think, but in a really fun way,” says Veronika. “I experimented with a combination of painting and photography which was fun for me. This will be a really great exhibition with all the artists on board, and I’m excited for people to come out and see it.”
Niloufar Lovegrove is another local artist on the bill who’s renowned for her many public works and murals around Rockhampton and the Capricorn Coast.
“To be part of this exhibition is really great for me,” says Nellie. “This will be my first commercial show and I’m really quite honoured to be represented for this exhibition among such an amazing group of artists.”
The exhibition serves to make a comment to the rise of “Instagrammable art” and interactive, larger-than-life “photo-op” installations by embodying these concepts, with the collection of works aiming to act as “cut-through” to our world that often appears synthetic and “hyper-real”.
“I think our artists have really loved working to this brief,” comments Tracey Siddins, GALA Gallery Director. “We’ve got a really fun collection of works as a result and I think people are really going to connect with them.
“We were at capacity for both of our opening events at the weekend with a third of the works being sold on or before the opening of the exhibition. We’ve had to cap our numbers so the event is COVID-safe, but we can definitely still get out and have a good time and continue to support the Arts.”
There is still the opportunity to book private viewings for the duration of the exhibition which will run until 2 October, as well as viewing the collection via GALA Gallery’s online catalogue for purchasing opportunities. All information regarding events, purchasing and viewings can be found at galagallery.com.au/pop.
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