Not many artists have been reviewed in the
British Medical Journal, but not many artists have a lab-cultured human ear
implanted in their forearm.
“International performance artist Stelarc
has been confronting audiences with his robotics, flesh hooks and prosthetics
for decades,” said Dr Leigh Summers, Director/Curator of Coffs Harbour Regional
Gallery, which is hosting an exhibition of photographs of his performances from
Friday, July 17.
“He constantly strives to examine the way
the human body can be viewed and used as a machine and extends his own body in
performances by the use of prosthetics, artificial intelligence and
“The photographs of those shows are very
challenging and explicit and this exhibition is strictly for adults only.”
As well as being a performance artist, Stelarc
is the Director of the Alternate Anatomies Lab in the School of Design and Art at
Curtin University in Perth. He was also recently given the Australia Council
award for Outstanding Achievement in Emerging and Experimental Arts.
As well as attending the Opening Night from
6pm on Friday, July 17, Stelarc will also present a talk at the Gallery from
1pm-2pm on the same day. All are welcome to attend and entry is $5 on the door
to both events.
In stark contrast, Sawtell artist and
Gallery Owner Nicholas Kachel’s work deals with the themes of personal
evolution, the power of thought, action and dedication to truth.
His paintings are being shown alongside the
“The notion of forgiveness is evident
through a broad range of motifs that occur in the paintings,” said Dr Summers. “This
and other reflective themes are elegantly interwoven in paintings that are
lyrical, contemporary, gentle and spare.”
Nicholas Kachel will also be at the Opening
On Saturday, July 18, at 10.15am both
artists will undertake a Gallery walk and talk. Entry is FREE with a gold coin
donation for morning tea.