The Horn Collection, Bunbury Regional Art Galleries
Bunbury and art. Strange bedfellows perhaps, but Perthetic art snobs could do worse than take the trip south to view a sampling of the Horn Collection now showing at Bunbury Regional Art Galleries (until June 15th).
The show is the first (and according to gallery staff, probably the last) public airing of works from this extensive private collection of contemporary West Australian art. There are around 100 paintings and sculptures on display – about a third of the total collection.
Liz and Lloyd Horn have been relentlessly hoovering up all manner of works by West Australian artists for twenty years so “eclectic” doesn’t begin to describe their collection. Indiscriminate? Maybe, but who cares? It’s the most fun you’ll have at a gallery with your pants on.
I’m talking about the sculptures specifically; an array of mechanical contrivances and bizarre pieces that resemble the result of a three-way collision between Tim Burton, John Wayne Gacy and a truckload of carnival gear.
It’s tempting to write off a lot of the pieces as the work of art school clever-clogs who equate weirder with artier, but I’d heartily recommend you suspend your critical faculties and just gawk at the stuff. It’s fun.