Fun for all ages, Monster Mash is an interactive exhibition that draws on the fantastical interiors and mutant creatures created by installation artist Kate Rohde. The Simpson gallery is transformed into a hyper-colourful world, and activities draw on the techniques and processes Kate used to make her works. These include designing wallpaper and adding it to the gallery space, extruding plasticine to make a magical, ever growing mirror frames, and a menagerie of bean bag creatures which can be stacked to make your own mutant.
Kate Rohde completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2001. Since then she has become known for her jewellery and sculptural object based practice, nowadays working predominately with resin and hand casting techniques. Recent exhibitions include Luminous Realms,a solo survey of her work since 2006 at Craft, Magic Object; the 2016 Biennial of Australian Artat the Art Gallery of South Australia, 21stCentury Heide, and Obsessed: Compelled to make at the Australian Design Centre, which will tour several venues around Australia from 2018 – 2021. In 2015 she was a finalist in the Rigg Design Prize at the National Gallery of Victoria.
Colouring Lake Mokoan presents a series of paintings by Ivan Durrant exploring the materiality of painting and the colours and forms of a stark local landscape. Through this exhibition the artist shares his way of seeing the world as patterns of light and form, and the creative processes through which he materialises this vision through paint.
Located in northeast Victoria near Benalla, Lake Mokoan, now known as Winton Wetlands, is the focus of an environmental rehabilitation program. Durrant’s paintings of shimmering water and drowned stag trees are presented alongside studies of the artist’s paint palettes used to create them.