29 June 2015 Stelarc - Performance Artist

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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 biotechnology.


“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 Stelarc show.


“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 Night.


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.