‘Vessel – Permeable Subject’ @ Hill of Content Bookshop

7 09 2015

As I’m sure most readers have, I’ve been watching the social media of Radiant Pavilion ‘central’ and individual artists as the event approached. I was anticipating many of the shows, including wanting to see the objects of Melissa Cameron and Jill Hermans in ‘Vessel – Permeable Subject‘ in the window at Hill of Content Bookshop.

I especially like the connection of the materials, significantly being paper (a material I love), with their chosen site (a bookshop is full of paper). Fabulous thinking.

installation

installation

Exhibition media: “[This] is an installation of contemporary objects and jewellery in paper and metal. Artists Melissa Cameron and Jill Hermans will explore the symbolic meanings of the term vessel through the creation of permeable objects.
Through sharing thoughts, drawings and objects, a grouping of distinctive yet interrelated artworks will emerge, themselves creating an intimate meditation on the formal contrasts and the fluid connections between the artists, their practices and the unique installation space, the Hill of Content Bookshop.

I don’t know why it still happens, but I can sometimes be surprised by scale – how I imagine pieces from images is totally wrong! To be fair, Jill’s objects are of various sizes, but (for no real reason) I didn’t expect how large some would be.

detail

detail

I fell a little bit in love with Jill’s pieces, especially the smallest ones … the little crucible shape reminding me of the torment and joy of melting metal. I may need to ask one to come home with me.

I must offer my sincere apologies to Melissa – it seems that I failed to capture one decent image of her works (if they weren’t out of focus they had my face in the window reflection; no-one wants that). I’m so sorry. It is solely my fault in camera operation; after visiting a bzillion exhibitions I was totally off my game.

Please be sure you all go to Melissa’s blog to see her objects, made with such care and empathy with the materials. There is so much to process, with the paper being made from military uniforms (‘combat paper‘) used to create forms that remind me of artillery casings … it’s almost heartbreaking to make connections to current world events (I feel a bit oversensitive to the news at the moment).

It’s probably obvious, I was taken with this exhibition … the subversion and twisting of the vessel, which should be able to hold something, into an object through which the contents will fall or seep.

Vessel – Permeable Subject‘ is in the window of Hill of Contents bookshop until 15th September 2015.





Melissa Cameron ‘Object Evolution’ @ Bini Gallery

24 04 2015

What a few days I’ve had of jewellery viewing and gallery visiting – it’s been quite lovely and a timely reminder of how enjoyable I find it.

Melissa Cameron, once Melbourne-based and now in Seattle, is showing a mini-retrospective (if I may!) at Bini Gallery: ‘Object Evolution: Jewellery from objects 2009-2015‘.

photograph with gallery permission

photograph with gallery permission

Exhibition media: “The rebirthed jewels on show in her upcoming solo exhibition at Bini Gallery span the last six years of her artistic output. Included in the display will be the original half-cigarette-tin pair of brooches that launched her investigation, alongside new pieces finished this year. This is the first time that Melissa has had a solo show of just her object works, which begs the question, what has taken so long? “These pieces come out of my studio kind of sporadically, they are often made for specific exhibitions, so it’s only recently that I have managed to get a bunch of them back together to put a good-sized group of them on display.” Melissa adds, “It seemed like a good opportunity to bring them home while I still had all of them together.

photograph taken with gallery permission

photograph taken with gallery permission

It’s funny, just last week I published a ‘Other April’ post that included a link to my post of Melissa’s first exhibition (well, her Honours exhibition at Monash), with the image of my favourite piece from that show. Well, it’s been altered from an object to a neckpiece (above) and is in this show.

Still a favourite of mine. And how beautiful are the shadows it casts…

photograph with gallery permission

photograph with gallery permission

It was interesting speaking with the gallery owner, who mentioned her initial attraction to Melissa’s work was to the geometry … she mentioned she was a maths teacher, so we had a little mathematician bonding moment, bless.

Absolutely worth a visit!

Object Evolution: Jewellery from objects 2009-2015‘ is at Bini Gallery (Collingwood) until 30th April 2015.

photograph taken with gallery permission

photograph taken with gallery permission





Melissa Cameron & Chloe Vallance ‘Measuring the Space Between’ @ Hand Held Gallery

13 12 2010

Regular readers will know I have admired the work of Melissa Cameron and Chloe Vallance since I started writing. They have collaborated on the exhibition ‘Measuring the Space Between‘ at Hand Held Gallery.

photograph taken with gallery permission

This is a wonderful group of work! I was very impressed … but that’s no surprise to me really, as I like Melissa’s precise sawing and also Chloe’s beautiful impressionistic drawing. Their personal signatures, though on paper quite the opposite, work beautifully together.

photograph taken with gallery permission

The above three pieces were my favourite of the exhibition – especially the neckpiece on the right.

There are thirty-seven pieces in the exhibition, many pieces in couples where a piece is made from components of the other.

photograph taken with gallery permission

Melissa usually works in found metal; but this group uses mostly found wood (coasters and bowls and other pieces, like the spoon) and a few tins and metal coasters I think (the second image above look like they’re made of this? or perhaps compacts?). Chloe usually does work on found wood, so the combination makes sense for their collaboration. It is interesting that the material of pre-loved wooden objects continues to emerge in the Melbourne jewellery community …

photograph taken with gallery permission

I very much enjoyed this exhibition.

Previous posts on Melissa and Chloe… 28th September 2009, 10th August 2009, 24th July 2009, 3rd April 2009.

Measuring the Space Between‘ is at Hand Held Gallery until 8th January 2011.

Update (20th December): Hand Held Gallery has some detailed images of the work here.





‘Part B’ Melbourne jewellers gathering tomorrow

25 06 2010

A lovely fellow Melbourne jeweller, Melissa Cameron (whose exhibition last April was one of the first I wrote about on this blog, here), has been organising a monthly discussion group for jewellers for a few months now.

The intent of the gathering is to connect with other jewellers and to create a space for conversation, critique and general art chat. To paraphrase Melissa, it gives like-minded makers a chance to meet regularly, see an exhibition and debrief over coffee.

The next ‘Part B’ gathering is tomorrow Saturday 26th June 2010 at 2pm at Gallery Funaki, to view Karl Fritsch’s ‘freeling‘ (my review story here). The gathering has become quite popular, which is indicative of the hunger for a forum to encourage this kind of connection with other makers; and everyone is welcome to join us tomorrow.

Unfortunately I’ve had a disastrous record of (non-)attendance – I feel in the grip of some type of curse in that I haven’t been able to make any of them to date despite really wanting to. But I do hope to make it to this one. Maybe see you there?!

[information published with Melissa’s permission – I wouldn’t dream of inviting others to the gathering without asking first, heavens above]





Melissa Cameron ‘Iteration’ @ Monash University

3 04 2009

I saw Melissa‘s exhibition listing on Kit and Caboodle, a fabulous community site for jewellers. I liked the red piece shown on that site, and the slideshow on her own site, so made sure I popped along to her opening on Wednesday night.

This exhibition forms part of Melissa’s MFA (Master of Fine Art) examinations and is at the university she is attending. The space is quite large and seems more intended for large-scale two-dimensional visual art, but I think it’s better for any work to have room to breathe than to be crowded in a small space.

Below is an image of my favourite piece. All photographs were taken with permission of the artist. I took these without flash so I could capture the shadows (I have a ‘thing’ for objects and their shadows), but for more professional images see Melissa’s own site.

photograph taken with permission of the artist

'Powder compact - planar radial patter' ; guilding metal, steel cable

The elements are cut from the one piece of metal and then held in their three-dimensional relationship by tension in the steel or surgical wire. They are quite sturdy though they look so delicate.

Melissa cuts each piece by hand, for many are made from reclaimed material that makes laser cutting unsuitable. There are pieces made from porcelain, plastic, and bamboo serving platters.

'Planar radial pattern 2' ; blackened mild steel, steel cable, sterling silver

'Planar radial pattern 3' ; blackened mild steel, steel cable, sterling silver

I like that the one above looks a bit like a parachute.

Those familiar with the work of Jason Wade (RMIT alumni) may see similarities here in the use of recycled metal, especially the compact and red tin accompanying pieces made from the void of the cut object. This last part initially reminded me of his work too, but I think there are many more differences than similarities – including much of Jason’s work being a larger scale and retaining the often iconographic patterning of the original object. Further and more importantly though, I understand the intent of their work to be quite different: Jason’s being to subvert the original object and Melissa’s to create a form that also leaves behind evidence of where it once was (at least that’s my interpretation). Finally, I would doubt they know of each others work. I could not find many public images of Jason’s work but for these here (image 7) and here.

There is something in Melissa’s work that I really respond to – the attention to detail, the commitment to hand-work (I have a particular love for saw-piercing myself), the symmetry, the delicacy and lightness … there is much to like.

The scale is intimate and the objects covetable – I wanted to hold one gently in my cupped hand and take it home with me!

'Planar radial pattern 3' ; blackened mild steel, steel cable, sterling silver

'Planar radial pattern 2' ; blackened mild steel, steel cable, sterling silver

The three photographs here are from the ‘planar radial’ series; an equally significant series in this exhibition is the ‘axial’ grouping, more of which can be seen on Melissa’s site.

Good luck Melissa, I hope the examination goes well!

Iteration‘ is at Monash University, Building D Room 1.12, open only weekdays from 11am – 2pm, until 7th April 2009.