Lifestyle - 2021 Virtual Exhibition
Outside the House © Brian Rope (Joint Winner)
Folk in two houses have each found separate ways to extend their lifestyles beyond the immediate "walls" of their abodes.
One household has extended its domain outside its back fence spilling onto public land, establishing garden beds and utilising pieces of furniture in support of the venture. Their lifestyle is enhanced by this free outdoor space.
Another household does not have access to an open space other than concrete, so the domain has only spilled into their garage where the lady of the household is able to indulge her drawing and craft interests quietly and free from unknown distractions inside.
This gallery is a virtual exhibition of images submitted by Contemporary Group members. The theme of the exhibition is 'Lifestyle'. The images were judged (anonymously) by Doug Spowart and Victoria Cooper and they selected two joint winners of $250 vouchers from sponsor Emergent Design, plus 3 Highly Commendeds.
The judges commented as follows:
We were particularly interested to connect with each image and its strength to convey the theme 'Lifestyle' as visual communication. Then after an initial review we discussed each image and referred to the statements supplied to determine the strongest images.
W found that all the images seemed to have a common sense of loss from the impact of the pandemic on lifestyle. There were a couple that took a positive outlook but most shared the deeply felt issues of isolation and containment. Even though some images were quite interesting in their pictorial qualities they relied heavily on the power of the supporting texts to present or infer a connection with the theme. There were many multi-image mosaics presenting masses of visual information relating to the theme. In most cases these had promise for an engaging narrative but needed refining as they lacked a cohesive design structure to carry the idea.
There were some solid well-seen yet predictable lifestyle moments and overall a very diverse response to the theme. We both found that the five chosen image sets were strong and evocative and were well supported by the accompanying texts.