Calendar: March 2011

28 02 2011

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‘Earring for Giovanna’ in situ

27 02 2011

Today I popped into Mailbox 141 to install my beautiful lady and the earring I have made for her.

The space had low lighting, which my camera doesn’t respond to well … but that’s okay, for it still allows a little mystery as to the detail of the work … which I will reveal in a post on Tuesday (the opening day of the ‘Lend Me Your Ears‘ exhibition).

Mailbox 141 - exhibition space

Mailbox 141 - exhibition space

Earring for Giovanna; in situ (and deliberately mysteriously out of focus!); photograph not to be reproduced without permission

I was pleasantly surprised at how lovely she looked in the honey-coloured light. I’m so excited to see all the other pieces in the boxes and how they all may relate to each other …

In progress still…

26 02 2011

Some more progress photographs of my piece for ‘Lend me your ears‘ exhibition; it is now titled ‘Earring for Giovanna‘.

step 4 - weaving

step 5 - blacken and redden

I will be assembling this earring ready for installation on Sunday … exhibition details coming soon!

… last post on this project here

RMIT Year 1, Semester 2, Silversmithing #2

25 02 2011

First year, second semester, Silversmithing, project #2: ‘*Colander / Strainer / Sieve

This is one of the few pieces that I’ve made that isn’t with me … I gave it to my mum and dad as a gift.

The remit of the project was to “design and make a functional or non-functional object that will allow liquid to pass through whilst withholding another matter“.

I did a lot of reading of the Japanese tea ceremony for this project – it did help that the Japanese culture has always been fascinating for me, especially their beautiful textiles. I sketched a number of ideas and after a few days briefly sketched the three layers of a traditional temple; and as it was such a simple line drawing, my imagination saw something else that ended up with the idea of three nesting pieces for a tea strainer.

from visual diary at the time; not to be reproduced without permission

In creating the piercing that would create the function of a strainer I found the design in the flowers of a cheery blossom tree.

working out the saw piercing; from visual diary at the time; not to be reproduced without permission

The silver pieces were raised from copper, saw-pierced and plated; the green pieces are aluminium discs that were formed in a flypress, drilled and anodised a beautiful jade green.

tea strainer; original image by Mark Kral; not to be reproduced without permission

tea strainer; original image by Mark Kral; not to be reproduced without permission

… last post in this series: RMIT Year 1, Semester 2, Silversmithing #1

Even more press

23 02 2011

As I wrote last month, I’ve developed a little bit of a habit with buying (and reading) ‘home and lifestyle’ (groan…) magazines. And since then I have noticed the artists profiled. This month:

  • Chloe Vallance [site, post, post], whose work I have loved for a long time now, is profiled (a whole page!) in the March-April 2011 edition of Inside Out magazine

    scan of page 44, Inside Out magazine, Mar-Apr 2011 edition

  • and a pendant by Zeo Jay Veness [site] is shown in the same magazine (though the pale green background on the inner part of the pendant looks a little weird to me!)

    detail of scan of page 58, Inside Out magazine, Mar-Apr 2011

Laura Deakin ‘layered traces, folded spaces’ @ Gallery Funaki

21 02 2011

Laura Deakin‘s first solo exhibition, ‘layered traces, folded spaces‘, is currently on at Gallery Funaki. It’s the first exhibition of the year for Gallery Funaki, and I very much enjoyed the visit, and introducing a lovely new jewellery-loving friend to the gallery.

exhibition image; used with gallery permission; click on link to see original image and description

Exhibition media: “Pour part one and add a dash of pigment. Part two comes next – the hardening catalyst – measured precisely into the thick, coloured mixture. Mix thoroughly, press, scratch and mould. It’s a race against the clock; a few minutes and the resin will become solid as its molecules are reorganised. Malleability will turn to rigidity. A chemical bond is forming that cannot be broken… it’s now or never.
These moments of transition are what Laura Deakin’s work deals with: changes of state, changes of form, changes in the very essence of material. But look closer and the transitions go beyond the material to address other, more poetic changes of state. Natural becomes unnatural. The personal becomes anonymous, and vice versa. Presence translates to absence and the extinct is suddenly corporeal. Real turns to fake, and fake becomes precious.

The above first image above is from of a small group of works in the exhibition from ‘A Gap in Nature‘ series. They are made of layers of resin with pigment, and of course represent birds … they’re quite dramatic and colourful. From this series is also a piece called ‘Etched Forever’ – a pale pink brooch that I liked very much.

All below images used with the generous permission of the artist; not to be reproduced without artist permission.

image courtesy of artist; copyright belongs to the artist; Dishonest Pearl Mix

There are also pieces here from the ‘Pearl‘ and ‘Confused‘ series; such as the ones in the above image.

There’s something I quite like about these pieces, but also something that strikes an uneasy chord … I’ve tried to figure out what it is, but without much luck. The pearls remind me of my nana, in that women of her era wore and valued the gem; and so many ladies of limited means wore the lesser quality pearls … perhaps the value instilled in them by her would be uncomfortable with their treatment or interpretation here?
This is by no means a criticism of the work, not at all! I am fascinated in trying to understand my reaction … and it’s important to note that my appreciation of these pieces has definitely blossomed more while contemplating them, such that in a strange way the unease has all but disappeared…

Laura has a fantastic website, with great images of her work and some essays that make very good reading – make sure you spend some time visiting it …

image courtesy of the artist; copyright belongs to the artist; Impressions of that Necklace

My favourite group in the exhibition is from the ‘Impression‘ series. I especially liked the pale pink neckpiece (above) made from resin components molded from a clasp from a vintage necklace … it’s quite beautiful, silent and gentle.
I have found over time that I like jewellery with a sense of weight, so am somewhat challenged with what I expect would be quite light pieces – I wonder what the above piece may look and feel like if the components were completely solid (not hollow at the back)?

All of the groups are quite different, in my perception of their focus and contemplation, though they are all connected by their materials and the use of the materials to imitate and replicate and make reference. I enjoyed this exhibition, and even more upon further thought.

layered traces, folded spaces‘ is at Gallery Funaki until 28th February 2011.

Karl Fritsch pieces @ Gallery Funaki

20 02 2011

Just a quick note: the marvellous exhibition ‘A return to the jewel is a return from exile‘ at Tarrawarra Museum will be closing today [see my review post].

I understand that for a limited time, from 22nd February 2011, a large selection of Karl’s pieces will be available for viewing and sale at Gallery Funaki. So, if you didn’t make it to the exhibition, perhaps pop along to the gallery to see some of Karl’s work.