Art lovers are spoilt for choice this weekend, with the opening of three exhibitions in Warrnambool.
Jackson McLaren’s Recent Paintings and Works on Paper opens at the F Project on Saturday at 4pm.
McLaren is a Melbourne-based artist who grew up in Warrnambool. His work is an ongoing exploration of colour, layer and shape.
Recent Paintings and Works on Paper is a selection of 20 works.
“I’m a keen jogger and most days of the week I go for a run along the Darebin Creek Trail near my house in Alphington,” McLaren said.
“I love running through the landscape along the creek and spotting kookaburras, rainbow lorikeets, tawny frogmouth owls and blue tongue lizards. This has been a constant inspiration for my painting over the last few years.”
McLaren spent August 2018 travelling in Japan with his partner Lucy. Along the way he collected train tickets, exhibition pamphlets and envelopes and incorporated them into his works.
Following McLaren’s launch are two concurrent openings at Warrnambool’s newest art gallery from 6pm.
D&M Galley is a temporary gallery space run by friends of the Dart and Marlin bar. Cover Album: Hits of Summer '19 showcases works by 24 artists from around the country.
Gallery director Madeleine Peters said the exhibition stemmed from a conversation about the ability of musicians to 'cover' the songs of their friends and heroes.
The exhibition asks artists to make a visual 'cover' of another participants’ work. The originals will hang side by side with another artists 'take'.
Participants range from toddlers to established artists, and works have been sent in from various parts of the country, as well as around 50 per cent from Warrnambool.
Fix The Fence With Sticky Tape is a series of works by Verity Crane.
Her makeshift tapestries are woven using handmade apparatuses assembled from found construction site timber and builders string.