19 August 2019

Artist on the Springboard presents 'Gaze: The Useless Object,' exploring beauty in the ordinary

Wooden artwork

Gaze: The Useless Object.

The Belconnen Community Gallery ‘Springboard’ series is back.

The Gallery has been with the friends and family of Ping Qin, the emerging artist behind the latest exhibition Gaze: The Useless Object.

An opening celebration of any exhibition is always an exciting time, but this opening was particularly special as it came as part of the ‘Springboard’ series, which aims to provide new artists with a professional boost.

Working in partnership with the Australian National University (ANU) School of Arts Emerging Artist Support Scheme (EASS) the Belconnen Community Gallery supports emerging artists by building an exhibition outside of an education environment each year.

Ping is a Chinese artist who studied at the Australian National University School of Art and Design since 2016 and is the 2018 EASS prize winner.

He found a sense of peace and calm by working with natural materials, and focused on wood as an artistic medium.

“I’ve always enjoyed art,” Ping said.

“I found the beauty of nature had been ignored, and not just the mountains and forests but small things around the city.

“A tree, a rock, they all contain beauty and other ‘useless objects’ contain beauty too”.

Gaze: The Useless Object was designed to evoke an interest in things often seen as useless, and to highlight the beauty in them.

The opening may be over but you can still see the exhibition at the Gallery in the Belconnen Community Centre until Friday 30 August.

This is Ping’s only public exhibition so be sure to head to see it before it closes.

Richard (left) and Barbie (right).

Ashley (left) with artists Ping Qin

Ashley (left) with artists Ping Qin.

Couple admiring Pin QIn's artwork

Couple admiring Pin Qin’s artwork.

Gallery Curator Ben Drysdale

Gallery Curator Ben Drysdale.

Ping Qin's artwork

Ping Qin’s artwork.

Gaze: The Useless Object can be seen at the Belconnen Community Gallery

Gaze: The Useless Object can be seen at the Belconnen Community Gallery.

Ping Qin invites everyone to find the beauty in function-less furniture

Ping Qin invites everyone to find the beauty in function-less furniture.

Wooden artwork

Ping Qin is inspired by nature.

Gaze: The Useless Object, on display until 30 August at the Belconnen Community Gallery, 26 Chandler St, Belconnen. 9 am – 5 pm.

If you are interested in the Belconnen Community Gallery exhibitions head to the BCS website to see what is on.

Original Article published by Belconnen Community Service on The RiotACT.

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