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18 EDUCATION TUESDAY FEBRUARY 28 2017 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Brad Hysen with his art Created to protect, Only destroys. BRAD TAKES AIM AT DEADLY GUN CULTURE CREATED to protect. Only destroys is a powerful argument for global gun control. Created by Brad Hysen a past Casuarina Senior College student the stencilled work on timber depicts weapons used in massacres in Australia, South Korea and Scotland. The guns that inspired the artwork are the Colt AR-15 assault rifle, used in the 1996 Port Arthur massacre; the M1 carbine, used by Woo Bum-Kon in a South Korean shooting spree; and the .357 Magnum (not shown) employed in the 1996 Dunblane Primary School killings in Scotland. The number of murder victims are shown adjacent to the guns, and the rifle stocks are flagged with the countries in which the executions occurred. Through his art Brad is keen to demonstrate the ease of acquisition and use of devastating firearms, and the attendant political controversies. Guns should only be used by peo ple whose job it is to protect and serve, he said. Many accidents and mass shootings have created so much fear and so much hate; we need make a change. Hate and greed creates conflicts and tears people apart, but its never too late to rebuild, it just takes a few big steps to go in the right directions. Describing art as an escape from everyday life, Brad is honoured to have been selected for the exhibition. Art is always something that Ill have, but I wouldnt want to do it as a job because I dont want to overdo it to the point where I hate it, he said. But through Exit Art people are getting to see what Ive put so much effort into. Its just a good feeling. Photography a surreal deal UNTITLED is a photographic work in five panels by Darwin High School graduate Lily Pazniewski. The exhibit depicts several young girls in different settings around home, and employs surrealism to enliven the exhibit. The artist believes surrealism makes the possibility of human physical peculiarity come alive for the viewer. I looked at the supernatural side of stories, the history of myths and legends through unbelievable freaky works of art, she said. I think its really important that people find magic, or what their imagination sees in the possibilities of everyday life. I just want people to expand their imaginations. The photography hobbyist looks forward to pushing the boundaries. For this work, the set of artificially aged images were sufficient for me; enough to create what I had in mind, but not too much that it would become difficult to do. Art reflects sin in modern life SEVEN was created by Chantelle Weippert to show how biblical sins have been normalised by culture to become a common and regular part of modern life. The one-time Marrara Christian College student said her work encourages people to think how ideas and beliefs about sin have been moulded by society. I feel my work does this best through the figures themselves; the poses and stylistic ways the seven deadly sins are painted, she said. The art doesnt seek to counter how sin is romanticised and glamorised today, it just strives to reflect it. Ive been enthused by Kate Newlyn, Eugene Clark and Steven Burkett, but my favourite artist Salvador Dali said: A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others and Id like to create more art making powerful social statements and art illustrating religious themes. Ms Weippert is studying psychology and criminology at Griffith University in Brisbane. Mai Rose with her art piece Hard Exterior featured at MAGNT's Exit Art exhibition FACING UP TO MASKS WE WEAR THE masks worn by people is the subject of a photograph created by Darwin High School graduate Mai Rose. The exhibit Hard Exterior is described by the artist as portraying the need to wear a mask to hide emotions and appear in control. The mask has triangles embedded into the face, and by fading them it appears the triangles are consuming, pushing and peeling at the skin, she said. People wear masks suited to their environments. The facades they adopt are different in the company of parents, friends and strangers. But the mask can take over until the wearer doesnt care or feel anything at all. I think people can sometimes forget who they are because theyre so caught up being what is deemed acceptable by people around them, and by society. A lover of photography, Mai Rose also admits digital drawing is a favoured method of self-expression. I like to draw digitally because I can undo a brushstroke or delete a layer without marring what Ive done, or having to start again, she said. I also love photographic manipulation, and making something that couldnt possibly be real look as realistic as possible. Im not one to analyse or look for a deep hidden meaning in art. I just like the aesthetic, the beauty, the technique, and the work that has gone into it. Mai Rose plans to complete a Bachelor of Animation in Melbourne. KFC-eating dragon from desert has funky side CENTRALIAN Senior College student Joshua Ford has earned a place at Exit Art for his creation Cheeseballs the dragon. Described as having human features, punk hair, bling, sunnies, and a preference for bucket KFC chicken, the headphone-wearing winged monster is poised catlike, and ready to attack. Joshua defines Cheese-balls as the dragon of my personality that also reflects the differences in individuals. The dragon takes on my funny side, so I wanted to give him different accessories and make him look cool, he said. Cheese-balls was created from an inflated toy dragon, and scales and a cardboard head were added. Transporting the pumped-up dragon to Darwin from Alice Springs was a problem, so at the suggestion of a teacher, Joshua pro Joshua Ford is the artist behind Cheese-balls the dragon Picture: EMMA MURRAY duced a video for display at Exit Art. The video shows how I built the dragon and my thinking behind it, he said. Im doing media as a vocational course and Im ambitious for a career in making movies. Joshua Ford continues to study art, admitting drawing is a favourite expression of his imagination, especially depictions of dragons and cars, weapons and characters for the stories he writes.
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