‘Supermarket’ @ Craft

11 12 2013

The Supermarket‘ event/exhibition at Craft exercised my mind, and days later it still is.

Questions of mass-production versus hand-production versus limited-production, and the influence on value perception, play on my little grey cells.

installation

installation

Exhibition media: “Exploring the phenomenon of markets and production ware, Supermarket transforms the gallery into a marketplace of limited edition works exclusive to Craft from a select group of Melbourne makers and designers.
Curated by Debbie Pryor a selection of artists have been invited to create exclusive ranges as an extension of products in the retail store or reinvention of exhibition concepts.

Participating artists are:

installation of Anna Davern + Lucy James

installation of Anna Davern + Lucy James

There are so many pieces from each maker here, that it represents quite a significant investment in time – above and beyond any ‘regular’ exhibition or even any level of stocking a retail space.

Naturally the individual works are super (especially the Lucy James prints), though somehow I kept wanting to view it as an ‘exhibition’ … and in that way I’m not entirely sure it all genuinely works, but then again (given the concept) I expect it isn’t meant to.

That said, I imagine that the market day (this Saturday 14th) will be the time when it truly shines. And as one can purchase and take-away immediately, it should be great for gift-giving … but let’s hope some of the works remain for the special day!

Strange that I feel the need to make the distinction between ‘exhibition’ vs ‘market’ so clear … something to think more about, and perhaps that is the whole point of ‘Supermarket‘. Or maybe I’m just thinking too much.

Check out the ladies of HandMadeLife’s post about it: they describe it as a “concept driven, exhibition meets retail event hybrid” … this totally nails it.

The Craft facebook page has many gorgeous photographs.

Supermarket‘ is at Craft until 24th December 2013.





Two questions

17 11 2013

Please tell me if you know the answers:

1. unless I’m suffering from online-blindness, I cannot find any media for ‘Fresh!‘ this year (the annual survey of graduate work that has been at Craft for many years; I couldn’t make last year, but these are the stories for 2011, 2010, 2009) … is it not happening?

2. again, perhaps I’m not using the right search terms, but I cannot find any listing for an exhibition of RMIT 1st and 2nd year Gold & Silversmithing students (other years’ stories 2011, 2010, 2009) … is it not happening?

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Update (21st November): please see the comments (from the most excellent Katie Jayne Britchford) for the full answers, but in short:
1. yes it will be happening early in the new year
2. no, it’s not happening

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‘Signature Style’ @ Craft

28 04 2013

The flu has had me in its grip for so long now that I nearly missed ‘Signature Style‘ at Craft, only catching it on the last day.

exhibition media

exhibition media

Exhibition media: “Signature Style is a major group exhibition exploring models of collaborative practice in contemporary jewellery. Featuring the work of some of Melbourne’s most exciting artists and jewellery practitioners Signature Style will be a significant addition to the emerging discourse around collaboration and contemporary craft. Collaboration poses a very different method of working – by its very nature, collaboration eschews individual artistic identity in favour of some kind of ‘third’ position. Signature Style will examine new methodologies of working and ‘work’, thinking through the potentials of collaboration within craft and design.

Meredith Turnbull & Manon van Kouwijk

Meredith Turnbull & Manon van Kouwijk

The combination of pieces by Meredith Turnbull and Manon van Kouswijk is stunning; their display gorgeous and sympathetic. I noticed though that their collaboration was more a conversation, as there didn’t seem to be any pieces with both of their names against them. This differed from other artists collaborations, as most of these were attributed to both artists.

installation; Katherine Wheeler & Polly van der Glas

installation; Katherine Wheeler & Polly van der Glas

I also loved the work by Katherine Wheeler and Polly van der Glas. Even though hair and teeth are not really my thing, and the fingers freaked me out initially, it must be said that their materials seemed well-matched. Katherine has written on her blog about the collaboration, with some lovely images; I especially enjoyed reading that: “We have both found the most successful pieces within our installation are the ones that have been made together- and taken on the 3rd entity through the collaborative process- not entirely either artist’s signature style, but a successful merge of the two.

Tessa Blazey & Alexi Freeman

Tessa Blazey & Alexi Freeman

Thirdly, the dress by Tessa Blazey and Alexi Freeman is arresting. The shadow it creates on the wall is too beautiful.

Participating artists are:

  • Nicholas Bastin [site] & Matthew Dux
  • Dan Bell, Bianca Hester, Charlie Sofo, Nathan Gray, Christopher LG Hill, Liang Luscombe & Oliver van der Lugt
  • Tessa Blazey [site] & Alexi Freeman [site]
  • Michaela Bruton & Kane Ikin [site]
  • Milly Flemming [site] & Dani Maugeri [site]
  • Natalia Milosz-Piekarska [site] & Katherine Doube
  • Nina Oikawa & Bridget Bodenham [site]
  • Meredith Turnbull & Manon van Kouswijk
  • Karla Way [site] & Dylan Martorell [site]
  • Katherine Wheeler [site] & Polly van der Glas [site]
installation

installation

Karla Way has written about her work on her blog too, and has some amazing images of her incredible work with Dylan; while I found the sheer number of objects to look at a little overwhelming, my friend loved LOVED it [see her blog post here].

Natalia Milosz-Piekarska has also written about her work on her blog too. Her body piece is incredibly beautiful and the video shown alongside it, worn by dancer Katherine Doube is mesmerising.
Update (30th April): also see VettiLiveinNorthcote’s post for some lovely images of the installation.

Bridget Bodenham has also shared an image of her work with Nina.

Signature Style‘ was at Craft 8th March – 27th April 2013.





Phoebe Porter ‘Unfold’ @ Craft

30 10 2012

More magic at Craft (formerly Craft Victoria): Phoebe Porter‘s ‘Unfold‘.

I absolutely loved this collection – their arrangement, their stark minimal contrast to the magnificent colour explosion in the adjacent rooms, their fineness, order and formality.

photograph taken with gallery permission

The inclusion of the making video and two large pieces of working equipment made it an informative visit too (especially fabulous for non-makers; giving a context that isn’t often seen).

Exhibition media: “The title Unfold has a dual meaning that alludes to both Porter’s technique of folding sheet metal to create jewellery pieces and her attempt to reveal the making process to the audience. Connections and joins in the pieces are clearly expressed, highlighting the methods of construction used in each design. Porter’s making process is revealed to the audience by this expression of construction within the pieces themselves as well as through the inclusion of video documentation in the exhibition alongside the finished works.

photograph taken with gallery permission

I was tempted to take one home with me (well, when the exhibition is over of course!) … I’m still considering it …

Phoebe Porter ‘Unfold‘ is at Craft until 1st December 2012.





‘unnatural acts’ & ‘unnatural tendencies’ @ Craft

29 10 2012

The bonanza of awesomeness at Craft (formerly Craft Victoria) continues with ‘unnatural tendencies‘ and ‘unnatural acts‘.

The first, ‘unnatural tendencies‘, is a collection by Melinda Young and Lauren Simeoni.

photograph taken with gallery permission

Exhibition media: “unnatural tendencies is the latest incarnation of Simeoni and Young’s collaboration and draws inspiration from a shared unnatural materials and the imagined narratives that they suggest. unnatural Tendancies is also informed by the subtle, unnatural shifts between the inner suburbs of Adelaide and Sydney, particularly in relation to the areas’ botany, architecture, people and sensibilities at once so similar, yet slightly strange. the works in Simeoni and Young exhibition are distillations of conversations, drawings and the time spent exploring the backways and byways of their inner suburbias. Their work reveals things that are both natural and unnatural, where there is a sensory shift in place. The duo has created strangely beautiful wearable objects, inspired by their surroundings then filtered through time and space.

The second, ‘unnatural acts‘, is curated by Melinda and Lauren.

photograph taken with gallery permission

Exhibition media: “Each artist in unnatural acts was sent a bag of materials consisting of an odd collection of fake fruits, vegetables and other plant matter. Their brief was simply to make a small collection of wearable jewellery using or responding to the contents of the bag. For most of the participants the brief required an ‘unnatural act’ to be performed outside of the comfort zone of their usual making. The results are diverse and exciting.

Participating jewellers are:

  • Anna Davern [site]
  • Caz Guiney [site]
  • Kath Inglis [site]
  • Bridget Kennedy [site]
  • Peta Kruger [site]
  • Sim Luttin  [site]
  • Natalia Milosz-Piekarska [blog]
  • Mark Vaarwerk [site]

Such a gorgeous room of colour! The arrangement of the work by colour is especially lovely.

Also check out their blog.

unnatural tendencies‘ and ‘unnatural acts‘ are at Craft until 1st December 2012.

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Update [3rd November]: some more beautiful images and text just now published on Melinda’s blog here; PLUS Zoe Brand has published her opening speech too!

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‘The Lost Voyage of Captain Foley and the HMS Laburnum’ @ Craft

26 10 2012

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.

photograph taken with gallery permission

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.

photograph taken with gallery permission

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.

photograph taken with gallery permission

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.

Others who have loved this exhibition include VettiLiveinNorthcote, Lucy James has some beautiful images on her blog, as has Anna Davern on Northcity4′s blog.

The Lost Voyage of Captain Foley and the HMS Laburnum‘ is at Craft until 1st December 2012.