New exhibition brings laughs during COVID times

Planes, Trains and Bubble'O Bills opens at Tweed Regional Gallery

Monday 23 November, 2020

Kenny Pittock is a Melbourne-based artist who works with ceramics, painting and drawing. His work uses humour and sentimentality, playfully responding to contemporary Australian culture and celebrating the mundane. 

Pittock's new exhibition Planes, Trains and Bubble'O Bills, opening at Tweed Regional Gallery on Friday 27 November 2020, is a nostalgic and fun exhibition sharing the artist's signature wit and wordplay. 

From COVID lockdown in Melbourne, Pittock has been playing with ideas around being stuck in one place and the ways in which we keep ourselves mentally active during the times we're unable to be physically active.

"In previous years this meant finding ways to pass the time during our daily commuting, such as drawing on the train," Pittock said.

"More recently though this has branched out into our homes, in ways such as getting a sourdough starter, looking for missing puzzle pieces and cutting our own fringe. If we can't get on an actual plane, at least we still have Aeroplane jelly!" 

With travel plans on hold, ideas around staying safe and happy are explored in an optimistic exhibition that aims to bring smiles to all who experience it. 

Planes, Trains and Bubble'O Bills will include Pittock's 99 drawings of people on the train alongside a series of ceramic sculptures.

Visitors will share many laughs reading the artist's clever artwork titles such as the wall installation 'Life is like a box of crayons' and enjoy his quirky and honest descriptions of his train encounter subjects. 

Pittock has consistently exhibited all over Australia, as well as having solo exhibitions in Italy and Singapore.

The exhibition will be on display at Tweed Regional Gallery until Sunday 14 March 2021.

ART PLAY | January School Holidays

Families can be inspired by Kenny Pittock and his exhibition Planes, Trains and Bubble'O Bills

Create your own 'CLAYONS' with the Gallery's ART PLAY program for families during the January 2021 school holidays. Available online and in the Gallery - pending COVID-19 restrictions.

For more information, visit artgallery.tweed.nsw.gov.au