ANIMAL ART: Lismore Artist Kane Bowman with his work titled Nutrients, part of the new exhibition Animalistic at the Serpentine Community Gallery, North Lismore.
ANIMAL ART: Lismore Artist Kane Bowman with his work titled Nutrients, part of the new exhibition Animalistic at the Serpentine Community Gallery, North Lismore. Jacklyn Wagner

Artists with animal instincts

THE newest exhibition at the Serpentine Community Gallery is just a little bit wild.

The display, called Animalistic, is one of the first group members exhibitions of the year, and the theme is something all the artists have run away with, said Serpentine volunteer, Heron Lee.

Ms Lee said there are paintings, prints, photos, sculptures, and multimedia pieces in the exhibition, showing off a large range of different pieces all working along the one theme.

"The category is purely about animals, our relationship with them, whatever really."

She said they've even got a few environmental conservation-based pieces.

Kane Bowman, of Lismore, is one of the artists exhibiting in the group exhibition.

He said he's been involved in around 10 exhibitions since joining the gallery, and this time he'll have three of his paintings showcased.

"I take that it can be a representation of not animals themselves, but animal life," he said.

"I guess I was reaching far back to represent something that began from a nucleus, an organism. There's a bit of prehistoric undertones."

He's used a lot of geometric shapes in his works, which he said he uses to represent objects in an ironic way - geometry that isn't geometry.

"It's interesting to see what you can come up with from the theme."

Another artist showcasing a piece is Jenny Warrington, of Ewingar, who's created a piece out of some jewels, and cow bones she found on her property.

"I've just always wanted to create a piece that people will look at and get a bit confused with," she laughed.



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