Upcycling, or creating things of beauty from found objects, is the central idea in Lost and Found, the new group exhibition opening this April at aMBUSH Gallery.
On the surface, it’s a light-hearted display of whimsical pieces, but on closer inspection it reveals a serious and analytical examination of our ‘throwaway culture’ and its impact on the environment.
The exhibition was inspired by the concept of one man’s trash being another man’s treasure, with the artists selecting discarded objects that appealed to them on a personal level, and granting them new life in the form of art.
With diversified art practices including painting, textiles, sculpture, and mixed media, the selected artists have produced poignant works that invite deeper contemplation by exploring themes both dark and light, including humour, beauty, history, and mythology.
Lost and Found is presented by aMBUSH Gallery, and curated in partnership with Joel Cunningham and Julio Castellano, with 10% of artwork sale proceeds going to the Australian Wildlife Rescue Organisation WIRES. The opening night event is on Thursday, 22 April from 6-9pm at aMBUSH Gallery (4a James Street, Waterloo), including complimentary drinks from Capital Brewing.
The exhibition will run from Friday 23 April to Sunday 25 April, from 12-4pm and is free of charge to the public.
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*Poster artwork by Freya Jobbins.
Julio Castellano, Joel Cunningham, Julie Cunningham, Jane Gillings, Logan J, Freya Jobbins, Kaput, Eytan Messiah, Captain Pipe, Paula do Prado, and Zoe Toakley