c3 at The Abbotsford Convent
Exhibition opens Wednesday 22 June 6 – 8pm
Wednesday 22 June – Sunday 10 July
Gallery open from Wednesday – Sunday 10am – 5pm
ROHANI OSMAN – KATIE JACOBS – BRITTANY VEITCH
You are invited to witness the birth of a new man.
The Numan is a dependent creature designed to induce empathy, by promoting an examination of what it means to be human.
Complete with interchangeable body parts, The Numan exists as a human-shaped vessel for textile, ceramic and electronic components, crafted in an electro-gothic style.
Designed by Rohani Osman (knitting and crochet), Brittany Veitch (felt and soft sculpture) and Katie Jacobs (ceramics), The Numan is an art exhibition that allows you to play God.
How we treat our most vulnerable members of society can be seen as a measure of society as a whole. Similarly, how you choose to useThe Numan will illustrate complex questions about action and consequences, and about the inter-dependency of humanity.
VIVIAN COOPER SMITH
UnNatural Light explores the issues around our sense of self; our identity. This exhibition asks how do we define ourselves and how much of our identity is purchased through our ‘off the shelf’ consumerist lifestyle? How do we know our true self or must we accept we are made up of multiples truths and multiple identities?
Put simply, if society is now ‘all about me’, which ‘me’ are they referring to?
DOUBT AND CLARITY
Doubt and Clarity is an exploration in manipulating the photographic film negative and print to create unique, highly textured large-scale works.
The title of the project relates to both the contrasting emotions we all experience and to the nature of working within the constraints of negative film.
My current work practice involves marking and manipulating the film with bleach, ink, sand, needles and brushes, working in a manner, somewhat blind to how those marks will translate to the film as a positive image. This method exemplifies the concepts within the title.
Light Studies makes visible a working process that explores the connections between space and light, both physical and eternal. Each work is the result of a process involving meditative breath work and reflective practice. The works are constructed using either a lightly drafted or imagined grid.
Within this framework, layers of transparent pigment are built up with intention, but without clear knowledge of how the combinations of colours will emerge. These works are part of an ongoing visual inquiry that commenced in 1998. This current series of paintings includes works that operate at the limits of the artist’s reflective practice and physical threshold.
Bruce Rowe is a Melbourne based artist, architect and educator.
I am examining the concept of collecting and recycling. I like to take an object out of it’s original context and re-ascribe its function into an artwork. This then imbues it with a different meaning creating a new narrative and a non-utilitarian significance. This project references familiar everyday domestic objects with focus on a collection of discarded handmade coat hangers and tea cosies.
I aim to create an awareness and appreciation of past traditions and overlooked domestic histories where making things by hand was a necessity and a time consuming labour of love.
SIMON ATTWOOLL – OLIVER VAN DER LUGT – DAN BELL – JAY HUTCHINSON
Fluctuating volume / iterative hand / interference vs. pearlescence / change of state
A desire line is a path created by the treading of many feet, usually describing the most direct route (shortcut) between two locations where established paths may be circuitous or inconvenient.
As we traverse and commute through our shared cultural environment, desire lines emerge. The artists in this show have followed collective lines as well as carving their own, accumulating objects, images and affects en-route for adaptive reuse. Make Do presents a collection of simple gestures constructed out of each artist’s accumulations.
The works presented here bear the evidence of a variety of processes -transformative, repetitious, constructive, excessive- by which familiar content and materials are conflated or gently detourned.
While the spatial and wall works are invariably specific, each artist traces a unique threshold between signification and ineffability. The pieces are offered as they are: transparent, opaque, light, laboured, inflating, diffusing, sparkling, whirring, hanging, soaking, evaporating…
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