‘Fresh!’ @ Craft Victoria

16 12 2009

What would the Melbourne artisan/craft scene be without Craft Victoria!

The 2009 edition of the annual Fresh!‘ exhibition and awards is currently showing: ‘The freshest hand-picked works by graduates in the fields of ceramics, glass, jewellery, gold and silver-smithing, fashion, textiles, industrial and furniture design‘.

installation view; photograph taken with gallery permission

The design of the exhibition, the way the reasonably diverse elements are put together, is such that it welcomes you into the room as an observer.

I mentioned last week that Michaela Bruton from RMIT was awarded the ‘Fresh 2009’ award. Her lovely collection is below (it looks a bit pink because I don’t use flash in exhibitions… maybe I should, it’s not like I’m going to damage the metal!).

Michaela Bruton; photograph taken with gallery permission

Media states: “Fresh! surveys the creative diversity and exceptional technical skill of graduating craft and design students across Victoria.Each year a team of invited professionals preview graduate exhibitions in over 35 departments within Tertiary and TAFE institutions across Victoria.

There was a lot to like here, including the pieces by Mary Hackett (NMIT) and Emi Fukuda (RMIT) in the image below (left and right respectively).

photograph taken with gallery permission

A piece that surprised me was Justine Rouse’s “Tropy” (below), a huge tulle sculpture on the back wall. Its nature changes as you approach it from the front and see it from the side – it’s rather enchanting but a somewhat strange growth from the wall and its scale is impressive!

photograph taken with permission

Finally, the smaller second gallery has been turned into a fascinating field of glass spheres connected by thread, part of an installation “fold/field” by Emma Lashmar (below).

photograph taken with gallery permission

There were not many two-dimensional works, like drawing or painting, though there was one collection of photographs – which reflects my reading of the intent of the award of looking at “craft and design students“.

There are some photographs of the opening night on the Craft Victoria blog ‘clog’ here.

Have you been? What was your favourite piece?

Fresh!‘ is at Craft Victoria until 23rd December 2009.


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