A drum kit made from recycled material, poetry in animation and digital interactive art are some of the thought-provoking features of an exhibition with a difference opening at the Parkes Library next week.
The exhibition called Art Forged from Miscellany has brought together a group of 12 poets and artists with the challenge of working in areas they are not very familiar with.
“I am mentoring a new artist, Tanjim Islam on 16th century painting techniques, and he is teaching me about animation in digital design – it is a share-share partnership,” said Sean-James Cassidy, curator of the exhibition.
Sean, who grew up in Parkes, is currently doing an internship on graphic design at SBS with Nathan Kopp (SBS graphic design FIFA World Cup), who is the assistant curator of the exhibition.
A main feature of this inspiring exhibition will be the Junkyard Drum Kit made from materials found at the Parkes Waste Facility. It is created entirely from garbage, conceived and built by collaborators from wide-ranging backgrounds. They include Sean-James Cassidy (artist), Dustin Howearth (Hollywood prop designer/sculpture),
Jason Nacho Murchie (sound artist) and Matthew Cicchini (drummer, English, philosophy major).
Sean said for the artists to have worked outside their area of skill have brought a different take and insight to the art form. “I am not a musician and found that I am getting better at rhythm and discovered its importance as a form of communication.”
Another exciting feature of the exhibition is the award-winning poem Blacksmith by local author Jim Cassidy. His recitation of the poem has been animated with video and music. Poems by Kerrie Peden (Director Parkes Community Choir) are also featured as animation art by Tanjim Islam.
The artists in the exhibition are members or supporters of Ub Ubbo Exchange – an international art group celebrating its 11th year of collaboration and support.
(See details of exhibition on page 9.)