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    Nebula Art Exhibition

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    Join us on 27 February for the opening of Nebula - The Cosmos As Canvas!

    Viewing evenings from 5:30pm till 9pm on 27th and 29th February

    Food and drinks provided courtesy of Crisp & Vale Catering and Pegasus Bay Winery

    The artist Jagu Gibson will be video conferencing from India to talk about her process on both evenings.

    This new exhibition invites you to explore the cosmic canvas through the eyes of diverse artists.

    Nebula is a show by Jagu Gibson and Auspicious Victory. With artworks created mostly in digital mediums, this exhibition draws inspiration from both artists' worldviews as they unveil their unique perspectives on these celestial phenomena, reflecting on questions of creation, transformation, and the awe-inspiring vastness of the universe. 

    Meet the artists:

    Jagu Gibson has experimented with most physical and digital tools available to create her artworks. With a creative process that can go from scanning her pencil sketches, and sketching on her iPad, the desktop computer, to importing her photos and so on. Jagu has developed an interest in photography when she has learned that visual ‘textures’ we find in the natural world around us can be captured in photographs. These can be digitised and she uses her techniques to extract those essential elements to be incorporated into her compositions.

    Over the past year, she has worked on these harsh material textures and delved into their harmony, sometimes combining and contrasting. In the process, she is revealing the nature of these found objects with her interpretation of each element’s harsh or harmonious quality. She has been collecting her materials of visual texture, found objects, photographs of the patina on rocks, and anything else she sees on her travels. Her travels have taken her to Sikkim, Ladakh, Kashmir, and Rajasthan amongst other areas within India. 

    When she is working there is a peaceful and intense silence that surrounds her. Quietly and diligently she enters her work in which the mesmeric qualities of the images take her into a parallel space. Since 2002, a neuro disorder has limited her mobility. But fighting all odds, this artist has continued with her artistic exploration and expression. Jagu was right-handed but due to the progressive nature of her condition, she has learned to use her left hand. Jagu lives with MS. 

    Auspicious Victory's art is a bold and provocative force in the world of digital art. As a digital artist, futurist, and activist, they combine traditional and digital printmaking techniques with artificial intelligence, machine learning, and generative art to create works that challenge and confront established power structures.

    Their experience with mental and chronic illness informs their perspective on time and legacy, leading them to advocate for the empowerment and rights of artists to set their own terms. Auspicious Victory is committed to breaking the silence and taboos around men's mental health and using their art to give voice to the disenfranchised and unheard.

    Based in Aotearoa (New Zealand), Auspicious Victory's work has been exhibited locally and internationally, establishing a powerful voice in the digital art world. They embrace absurdity to challenge mediocrity and are unafraid to ask profound and profane questions, speaking truth to power.

    With a background in traditional printmaking and graphic design, Auspicious Victory brings a unique perspective to their art. They have dealt with the impacts of mental health and severe neurological chronic illnesses for most of their life. This grit and intensity shine through in their raw and confronting approach to their artwork.

    Mark your calendars, as this very exciting exhibition is on for only a week. Opening on 27 February and closing on 3 March. 

    With two opportunities to view the artworks, enjoy light refreshments, and meet on opening night Tuesday 27 and on Thursday 29 February. 

    Free to attend, booking is required due to gallery capacity.

    Exhibition hours: from 27 February to 3 March daily from 10am to 5pm.

    Additional Information: the exhibition space is wheelchair accessible.

    Event Sponsored by Enable Me Access.

    All donations go to this charity that assists with providing universal access.

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