Norther Rivers Community Gallery July Exhibitions – Emerging Contemporary Art

Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) Ballina presents four new exhibitions by local artists showcasing various approaches to 2D surface, including painting, printmaking, photography and drawing. The exhibiting artists animate the 2D substrate through abstraction; renewing and appropriating old works; and political, social and ecological commentary.

Common nonsense | SCU Graduate Awards 2021 | MaxTaylor

Common Nonsense aims to explore the political, ecological and societal troubles in the era of late neoliberalism. Max paints on upcycled and recycled substrates to present humorous and sometimes absurd interpretations of contemporary issues. Being heavily impacted by recent catastrophic flooding at his home and studio in South Lismore, Max’s artistic and critical focus on current global socio-economic ecology and paradigms has only been galvanized. References to gentrification, climate change, electoral politics, workplace practices, wealth inequality and global free market hegemony are commonplace in Max’s work. Needing to adapt following the loss of much of his work, Common Nonsense sees Max using digital “recoveries” of destroyed works, flood waste substrates cleaned and repainted, submersion in the water and acrylic and oil paint to navigate his practice.

Imaginary Noumenal – Landscapes of the inner world | Michael Chapus

In this series of abstract paintings, Michael Chapus asks the question: how can the inner workings of the body be expressed visually? This question arose during a visit to the hospital, observing the electrocardiogram displaying the vital signs in slow waves. These fleeting images, being electronic impulses without representable form, not phenomenal or noumenal, can only be apprehended with the faculties of the mind. One could say that one can think about it without being able to refer to abstract ideas. The term noumenon is contrasted with or relating to the term phenomenon, which designates anything that can be apprehended by or is an object of the senses.

Renew | Marie Dorahy

Walking and running, Mary observes landscapes where destruction is followed by renewal. She conveys ideas of resilience, challenge and renewal by bringing unfinished works of art to life and infusing them with new meaning. Images and memories are reworked as she sorts through works accumulated over 30 years.

Grace Cruise Memorial Exhibition | BACCI

Presented by the members of the Ballina Arts & Crafts Center Incorporated (BACCI), this exhibition is a tribute to Grace Cruice and her vision showcasing the best works created by BACCI members over the past 12 months.

All exhibits open Wednesday, June 29, 2022 and run through Sunday, August 21, 2022. The official exhibit launch will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, July 7.

Please note that this event has a maximum capacity of 100 people. The doors will be closed when the Gallery reaches this capacity.

The Northern Rivers Community Gallery is located at 44 Cherry Street Ballina and is open Wednesday-Friday 10am-4pm and weekends 9.30am-1pm. For more information, contact the Gallery by phone on 02 6681 0530 or visit

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Christopher S. Washington