I do like graduate exhibition season; though would prefer it if Melbourne’s weather could sort itself out – I mean honestly, where’s the sunshine?!
‘Allegory‘ is the graduate exhibition of the students from Box Hill Tafe Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology (Jewellery); as a group they go by the title of Whitehorse Jewellery.
My initial impressions:
- muted / restricted colour palette (with the exception of Megan Greenwood)
- lots of silver
- quite a bit of metal-smithing (a good thing) and especially copper
- perhaps casting was a focus during their course?
- No Vacancy gallery is a pretty big space to fill!
The accompanying (free) book is well produced. And I noticed this in the NMIT book too, that graduates are publishing contact details (email, site, facebook); while I’m sure this isn’t the first year this has been done, it’s worth giving it a mention and acknowledging that this is a good thing to do.
While talking about the book, it always makes me a little sad that the deadlines for photography and printing usually mean that the most complex and accomplished pieces are not able to make it into the booklet … this is by no means a criticism (I’ve had this happen to me too) and I can’t think of a solution, it’s just a little bit of a shame in terms of a representative keepsake.
Participating makers are (alphabetical by surname):
- Man Chaing
- Helen Diprose
- Megan Greenwood [facebook]
- Melanie Hilder [facebook]
- Samantha Lee [site]
- Tanya Louey
- Alicia Hannah Naomi [site; blog]
- Helen Paterson
- Georgia Pignolet
- Jesse Thomas
Many of the students contributed work to Lord Coconut’s recent ‘Melbourne Cufflink’ exhibition and prize.
I especially liked Megan Greenwood’s object (right in the image above); and the raindrops neckpiece by Helen Diprose. My gallery-visiting-friend very much admired the work of Alicia Hannah Naomi [check out how much she loved them in her post]; I also like the rings that looked like they were from out-of-space minerals (maybe made by electro-forming or casting?). I also got a huge kick out of the artist statement for Jesse Thomas, especially the last sentence: “He blames Star Wars for this”.
‘Allegory‘ is at No Vacancy Gallery until 17th November 2013.