You must immediately stop what you’re doing and race down to Craft (formerly Craft Victoria). It is imperative. [Unless of course it's not within their opening hours, or you have children to tend, and so forth ... you know, be sensible and stuff!]
Anyhoo, it is a veritable bonanza of awesomeness at Craft.
There are three magnificent exhibitions you simply must see.
In gallery three is ‘The Lost Voyage of Captain Foley and the HMS Laburnum‘ by Lucy James and Anna Davern.
Have you ever walked into a gallery space and just smiled with delight? My friend and I did just that with this exhibition. It is an absolute joy.
Exhibition media: “The Lost Voyage of Captain Foley and the HMS Laburnum taps into the mysteries of ‘under the sea’ and ‘into the woods’ and explores and exploits the unknown, the uncanny and the unbelievable.
Artists Anna Davern and Lucy James will combine their shared obsessions of collage, composition and storytelling to present a tongue-in-cheek perspective of colonialism and the 18th Century fascination for the bizarre creatures that were brought back from the strange new continent of Australia.
Referencing the sea and the voyages taken by these creatures, Davern and James propose an alternative result of these expeditions: a ship loaded with live specimens is overwhelmed by a large mythological wave which changes things: koalas find homes in over-sized seashells; sea bass snuggle in wallaby pouches; hybridised creatures gain super powers from their new environments, and animals gain the use of opposable thumbs.“
There is so much to enjoy here. I especially loved the piece called ‘I forgot my lunch‘ (I think that was its name). It’s possible I may have skipped just a little bit with joy.
‘The Lost Voyage of Captain Foley and the HMS Laburnum‘ is at Craft until 1st December 2012.