Exhibition psychedelically strange but thought-provoking

THE best things in life are free. Money doesn't buy happiness.

Cliches are one of my most hated uses of the English language.

Primarily because 100% of the time, they are true.

However, last week, I had an entire day to burn and I achieved the impossible: entertaining myself without spending a cent.

After shooting some hoops, climbing Radar Hill and driving around Barney Point, I moved onto the next logical free activity: the art gallery.

A current exhibition left me both bewildered and entertained.

Past Present Future is a psychedelic experience, for lack of a better summary.

I sat upon a corduroy couch for the better part of two hours, entranced by art rage.

I walked out of the art gallery only to return a couple of hours to try and redigest with fresh eyes.

I've never claimed to be an art aficionado but sometimes I think art is better when you don't understand it.

A bit like the opposite sex.

The synopsis of Past Present Future reads: "The evolving use of moving images within the art world ... these works push into the realms of moving images, stills, sounds and digital imagery - highlighting making art through to the now common use of film, both video and digital, and the manipulation of it."

Credit where credit is due, it certainly pushed my realms - realms I didn't know existed, and I wouldn't call myself conservative by any means.

For contextual purposes, I will describe one of the clips I viewed.

In distorted technicolour, a group of about eight young girls in tutus run into the frame and line up in a straight row.

They all bend over and begin giggling.

Upon exiting the frame, the audience is left with a screen filled with a neat row of droppings, to put it in a polite way.

That was it. A constant reel of clips such as that.

The fact that I'm still thinking about it almost a week later tells me it was an effective piece of art, even if I don't know what the hell is was meant to mean.

I would encourage any slightly open-minded, creative soul or bored youngster to swing by and check it out.

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