Sim Luttin ‘It’s Always Darkest Just Before the Dawn’ @ The Snug Space

3 09 2015

After having watched this body of work develop via Sim’s instagram, I was very happy to see that it would be shown in Melbourne.

It’s Always Darkest Just Before the Dawn‘ is Sim Luttin‘s exhibition at The Snug Space, part of Radiant Pavilion and Craft Cubed.

installation; photograph taken with gallery permission

installation; photograph taken with gallery permission

It is a refined study in form and monochrome, and absolutely worth the visit (Northcote really isn’t so far away people!).

installation; photograph taken with gallery permission

installation; photograph taken with gallery permission

And not to mention a study in determination and patience – the components in the neckpieces must have taken forever to make.

installation; photograph taken with gallery permisison

installation; photograph taken with gallery permisison

The brooches are beautiful … little black memory pools, for quiet contemplation.

Make sure you visit her website for more detailed photographs.

installation; photograph taken with gallery permission

installation; photograph taken with gallery permission

The photographs are lovely and I adore how their presentation in a group transforms them into some kind of presence.

It’s Always Darkest Just Before the Dawn‘ is part of Radiant Pavilion and is at The Snug Space until 6th September 2015.





‘Small’ & ‘paper_plastic_metal_stone’ @ Black Finch

2 09 2015

And so my Radiant Pavilion madness starts. I’m sad to say that I simply won’t be able to see everything I want to see … but such is the sacrifice one makes, by working in an office, so one can buy jewellery for love … you know.

So, first, ‘Small‘ at Black Finch.

This is a sweet group of three collections from RMIT students. I was saying to the lovely gallery person that I could barely get myself together enough to get my course work done, let alone pieces for an exhibition – so huge kudos to these artists.

Artists: Cara Johnson, Naasicaa Larsen, Gabbee Stolp

installation; photograph taken with gallery permission

installation; photograph taken with gallery permission

Gabbee’s bees are a delight; and Naasicaa’s piece about time is subtle (I like the exploration of time). Cara’s is a sensational piece I think … the bird is exquisitely small (but of course), and it sits in the net in a precarious way … I liked it a lot.

Small‘ is actually in the display window before the gallery door – so it’s available for viewing outside of gallery hours (though I’m not sure about lighting for night times).

Small‘ is part of Radiant Pavilion and is at Black Finch until 30th September 2015.

Now, while I was visiting I was taken by the neckpiece being worn by the delightful Black Finch gallery person. Amazing!

I didn’t take a photograph, as I was hesitant to ask (of course I now wish I had) … but discussion uncovered that it is a piece from another Radiant Pavilion exhibition ‘paper_plastic_metal_stone‘.

Artists: Katie Jayne Britchford, Gillian Deery, Clementine Edwards, Emi Fukuda

It was a Katie Jayne Britchford piece – which is obvious in hindsight and I should have identified it before having to be told! Honestly. Embarrassing.

Made of hefty slices of agate (I think) interspaced by what was perhaps opaque white perspex, on a rope. The simplicity was stunning, in the good way. It reminded me of Dorothea Pruhl‘s work in its monumentality.

This exhibition is actually a little different in that it is being worn by various gallery people during the week, and you can also see it online … I do hope I get to see more.

paper_plastic_metal_stone‘ is part of Radiant Pavilion and will be on people until 6th September 2015.





Melbourne does Spring

1 09 2013

Yesterday was the most beautiful day here in Melbourne.

Spring was in the air.

Wattles are blooming, magnolias are out, fruit trees are blooming … and the huge fig tree on Ruckers Hill (between Westgarth and Northcote High Street; the BEST view of Melbourne city) is budding.

Melbourne city from Northcote

Melbourne city from Northcote

Get out amongst it!





NMIT ‘Kaleidoscope’ @ Northcote Town Hall

21 11 2012

By serendipity I found myself in Northcote earlier today, so popped in to see ‘Kaleidoscope‘, the NMIT graduate (Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology (Jewellery), 2yrs) exhibition.

photograph taken with student representative permission

There are some highly technical constructions here, and much shiny-ness(?), and quite a lot to like.

It’s a shame there weren’t take home works-lists – it would have made it easier to remember everyone’s work and a good keepsake.

Again enameling made a strong appearance. Also, I noticed some more Choum Iybsa than I’d seen in previous years, so wonder if that was a new skill taught during the course or if the students found their own way to the technique…

photograph taken with student representative permission

Participating artists are (as per media listing):

  • Emily Becher [blog]
  • Olivia Boyle
  • Anita Crowther [remember her splendid neckpiece at last year’s auction?]
  • Jo Hawley – I really liked the formality and simplicity of her work, the forms were beautiful
  • Annelies Hofmeyr [update: site] – her enameled cloud sculptures were lovely and very well executed
  • Sarah Johnson – her construction looks amazingly complex!
  • Sarah Kerr [facebook]
  • Maria Natoli [facebook]
  • Sophie Prestige
  • Maryam Satar
  • Alannah Sheridan
  • Yuan Yuan Xi [update: facebook]
  • Sylvia Ballerini [facebook]
  • Amber Craven
  • Jacques Cudis
  • Rachael Fares [update: facebook]
  • Qiaojian (Hannah) He
  • Kieran Jackson
  • Felicity Large [update: site]
  • Tess McAuslan-King
  • Caroline McQueen [site]
  • Niamh Minogue – I liked her enameled pendants so much I bought the dark blue one (after this photograph!); I loved how these were displayed, a mixture between museum layout and Warwick Freeman-esk investigation group – much to love

    photograph taken with student representative permission; sorry it’s dark, I didn’t use flash

  • Louise Napolitano
  • Ann O’Connor
  • Elizabeth Rich
  • Massimo Todaro
  • Katrina van Domburgh [tumblr]
  • Kim White
  • Lisa Williams
  • Nicole Smith

There’s a lot to like – get along.
If you’re interested, check out my post on last year’s exhibition ‘Auteur‘.
Also check out Jessica Helen’s post, with the award listing too.

One curious matter is the lack of internet presence of these artists … something I’ll expand on in another post soon.

Kaleidoscope‘ is at Northcote Town Hall until 25th November 2012, open weekends too.