Seriously, what has happened to time lately? I cannot believe I almost missed this exhibition. Thank goodness I joined the ‘young generation’ on the Facebook, and follow Gallery Funaki, or I shall have completely forgotten it closed today.
Carlier Makigawa‘s latest exhibition at Gallery Funaki is ‘nature and structure‘.
Exhibition media: “Fragile structures project and expand in unplanned growth. Lines – define volumes and transparencies to explore movement, form – an illusive, simultaneous grasp of life, exploring boundaries of formal definition of the relationship and tension between like and unlike.“
exhibition media; used with gallery permission; please click on image for original source
I absolutely loved Carlier’s previous exhibition at Gallery Funaki, ‘October 2009‘; especially the moving sculptures.
The current exhibition seems to explore and further develop some of the new trajectories that began there. Particularly, the straight linear forms; and coral has graduated from the occasional inclusion to being integral to each piece here (with the exception of the bracelets).
exhibition media; with gallery permission; please click on image for original source
It was wonderful to see earrings take part in a formal exhibition – in my recollection, this is not that common, though I hope it is a trend we start to see a lot more of.
There were also brooches and bracelets – the latter introducing a new graduated silver / oxidised finish that is quite becoming of the pieces.
After my first sweep through, I initially thought there was a strict relationship of the coral colouring to the metal finish used (especially I thought that the darker red coral was always paired with blackened silver). But on second sweep realised that was wrong. And I like that kind of experience … a second, third, fourth, and subsequent look always uncovers something new.
exhibition media; with gallery permission; please click on the image for the original source
The coral was set into some, perhaps many?, of the pieces in such a manner as to allow a little movement of the coral (eg. the orange coral and yellow gold piece in the second image) … it’d be so interesting to see how they would move on the body. I was feeling particularly clumsy the day I visited, so thought handling them would be unwise – last thing I’d want to do is drop a piece, with coral in it, for heaven’s sake!
Though still on that thought … I was a little torn between feeling the coral was free to inhabit the structures made for them, or if they were trapped. In the exhibition writing below, it mentions a tender hold – though I wonder if the tender hold is sometimes the most difficult to bear or break? Is that a bit deep for this time of day…
Exhibition media: “In Carlier Makigawa’s work, it’s often as much what is unsaid, or unframed, that speaks clearest. Areas of absence become vivid: they move in symbiosis with the carefully constructed cages that surround them. Pale, white silver hints at the ephemeral – at something that might easily slip away – while dense, blackened silver seems determined to draw a line against impermanence. Pieces of coral are caught and held almost tenderly, their bright splashes of colour a counterpoint to and reinforcement of the negative spaces around them. ‘Nature and structure’ is an exhibition by one of Australia’s most accomplished artists working at the height of her powers.“
And, as always, it was wonderful to spend time chatting with Katie Scott about the work.
Carlier Makigawa ‘nature and structure‘ was at Gallery Funaki from 13th March to 5th April 2012.
ps. Carlier’s work is also well described in a story on Sim Luttin’s blog here.