Latest exhibition a labour of love and time
  • Monday 05 March 2018
laith mcgregor, caloundra regional gallery

Image: Laith McGregor, This Old Night (detail), 2017, Pencil on paper, 211.5 x 157cm. Courtesy of the artist, Station, Melbourne and Starkwhite, Auckland.

The 2018 exhibition program at Caloundra Regional Gallery officially opens this week with an exhibition by leading contemporary Australian artist Laith McGregor.

The Borrowed Time exhibition, opening on March 8, brings together new and recent works by the artist, focusing on the themes of time and labour.

For McGregor, time is both a subject matter for his work, as well being a tangible measure of the artist’s labour.

Arts Portfolio Councillor Rick Baberowski said Borrowed Time was the perfect way to open the exhibition calendar.

“Opening with an exhibition by a nationally-renowned artist, who was originally from the Sunshine Coast, is a fantastic way to launch this year’s program and provides an insight into the calibre of work that will be shown at the gallery throughout year,” Cr Baberowski said.

“The time and labour that McGregor expends on each work, as well as his talent and passion, is evident throughout the exhibition.

“I’m particularly looking forward to seeing a new wall drawing that was commissioned by the gallery specifically for this exhibition titled Past 2018.

“McGregor collaborated with two visual art students to make the ephemeral work that will exist only for the duration of the exhibition before being painted over, so I would encourage everyone to visit the gallery and see the work before it disappears.”

Caloundra Regional Gallery curator Hamish Sawyer, who also curated the exhibition, said the artist was best known for his highly detailed, large-scale biro and pencil portraits.

“McGregor draws largely on his own lived experience as the source material for his work,” Mr Sawyer said.

“While best known for his portraits, in recent years his practice has become increasingly collaborative and now encompasses print-making, sculpture and video, in addition to drawing and painting, all of which are represented the in the exhibition.

“A centrepiece of the exhibition is an installation of ceramic and mixed media sculptures that were recently gifted by the artist to the Sunshine Coast Art Collection, and will now become part of this important cultural asset for our community.”

The official opening event, including a floor talk with the artist, is being held at the gallery on Wednesday, March 7 from 5.30pm. If you would like to attend please register via the gallery website - gallery.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/en/Exhibitions/Laith-McGregor

Borrowed Time will be on display until Sunday, April 29.

The exhibition will also be presented at Tweed Regional Gallery later this year, which is the first time Caloundra Regional Gallery has toured an exhibition since 2012.

2018 exhibition program

Laith McGregor: Borrowed Time                    8 March – 29 April

Kathleen McArthur: Wild/flower Women II     3 May – 17 June

Michael Foley: The Long View                       3 May – 17 June

Jandamarra Cadd: United Journey                21 June – 12 August

Sunshine Coast Art Prize                                16 August – 14 October

Local Artists, Local Content                            18 October – 9 December

Manggan – gather, gathers, gathering            13 December – 3 February

For more details on all of the exhibitions, programs and workshops at the gallery visit the gallery website – gallery.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

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Owned and operated by Sunshine Coast Council, Caloundra Regional Gallery is located at 22 Omrah Avenue and is open Tuesday to Friday 10am - 4pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am - 2pm.