Artist Damien O’Mara at Ballina Byron Gateway Airport

VISITORS to the Ballina Byron Gateway Airport will be taken on a journey through the complex structure and industrial designs of the Boeing, 787 Dreamliner Series in the latest showcase of Northern Rivers Community Gallery's (NRCG) Art at the Airport program featuring the dynamic works of artist, Damien O'Mara.

Damien O'Mara's Dreamliner Series seeks to challenge the symbolism of the industrial form as established through modern, art photography.  

The series depicts a complex, contemporary structure, rather than the traditionally simple and brutal industrial form.  

The series also departs from traditionally objective modes of representation by depicting the subject in an abstract way.   By focusing on detail and material, and by denying a depiction of the object in totality, the works facilitate a new engagement with the subject.  

Through this method the works challenge the established symbolism of the industrial object, freeing the subject from familiar associations and inviting a new interpretation of the airliner as a contemporary symbol.  

O'Mara says, "The images preference detail over the object in totality.  

"The intent is that habitual associations with the symbolism of the airliner become secondary and the object can be seen anew, as a conflicting mix of sophisticated and crude technology."  

Damien worked as a structural design engineer for 10-years before studying filmmaking in 2009. He made two documentaries, with his 2012 film, Art at the Interface being broadcast on SBS.  

Damien has exhibited in Australia and internationally, winning the Aesthetica Art Prize in the UK in 2013.  

He is currently enrolled in a Doctorate of Visual Arts at the Queensland College of Art in Brisbane.  

This exhibition will be on display at Ballina Byron Gateway Airport from 8 September to 2 November and coincides with his exhibition at the Gold Coast City Gallery showing a broader selection of O'Mara's Dreamliner Series of works.  

The Northern Rivers Community Gallery is located at 44 Cherry Street Ballina and is open Wednesday to Friday from 10am until 4pm and weekends from 9.30am until 2.30pm.  

For further information contact the Gallery on telephone 02 6681 6167 or visit

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