Wagga’s The Curious Rabbit Hosts The Art Factory Exhibition With Adrian Buntin Art On Display | Daily advertiser

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A young Wagga artist exhibits his creativity to the community for the first time. Adrian Buntin, 19, joined other artists from The Art Factory to exhibit at The Curious Rabbit. The Art Factory, part of Riverina Community College, is a studio supported for the professional development of artists with disabilities. “I was very nervous at the start,” Buntin said. “It will actually be quite interesting how most people can see most of my work.” Passionate about cosplay, Mr. Buntin draws, sews and creates mixed media sculptures inspired by his love of movies, comics and popular culture. For this exhibition, he created three works based on iconic DC Comics characters Harley Quinn, Batman and the Joker. “But next year maybe I’ll release characters that some people haven’t seen before,” he said. He said he drew inspiration not only from comics but also from Noirs films, his favorite genre of cinema. “Like Martin Scorcese’s Taxi Driver or Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange,” he said. Mr. Buntin has enjoyed creating art from a young age, but joined The Art Factory almost a year ago. “I know how to machine sew, but I’m still new to hand sewing,” he said. His mother Sheila Buntin said she was very proud to see her son’s works on display. “Adrian’s life is making stuff all the time. So whether it’s 3D printing, carving things out of wood or drawing,” she said. “Every time you give a young person the opportunity to show something and give value to what they are doing, it is just a wonderful gift they are giving them.” The Curious Rabbit, formerly known as Rabbit Books, has a monthly rotating exhibition wall for local artists. Owner Vickie Burkinshaw said the Art Factory exhibition was the first public exhibition of all the artists, one of whom has already sold a piece. “We really wanted to celebrate The Art Factory, so this is actually the first exhibition we have as part of our rotating exhibitions,” Ms. Burkinshaw said. “They can come in and show their families the hard work they’ve done, which is also really wonderful.” Art Factory works will be on display until the end of October at The Curious Rabbit, open seven days a week.

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