artisan is excited to announce its 2014 exhibition program. artisan presents a program of exhibitions that showcase the best of emerging and established Australian makers. Our exhibitions focus on engaging with themes at the forefront of contemporary practice and investigate the crossovers between art, craft and design. We invite our audiences to explore, engage with, debate and take inspiration from our pioneering exhibitions.
The Hightide project began with a design publication that captures a snapshot of recent design and shines the light on the current crop of high-profile Queensland designers who are paving the way forward. This exhibition features works from furniture to product design by the 22 diverse designers profiled in the Hightide publication by Jason Bird. Video interviews with a number of the designers can be viewed on our Youtube page.
This installation showcases Shilo Engelbrecht’s latest textile collection. Shilo spent her summer in a tiny greenhouse in Cambridge creating spontaneous paintings that emphasise colour and brush strokes. The bold results were transferred to textiles to be used as soft furnishings, tableware and wall coverings.
As a twist on the usual exhibition format, Queensland’s craft and design practitioners have determined the content of this exhibition. The process started with creative entrepreneur and local craft and design supporter, Elie Moubarak, nominating two Queensland artists whose work inspires him. These artists then nominated another two makers each and so on. The result is a diverse and artist-led selection of Queensland artists and designers, which reveals the connections between diverse mediums and practices with the potential to spark future collaborations.
Artists: Christina Waterson, Abe Muriata, Emily Murray, Brian Robinson, Barbara Heath and Malcolm Enright, Andrew Ness, Michael Phillips, Lucas Salton, Russell Anderson, Rebecca Ward, Christopher Trotter, Remo Vallance, Hannah Cutts and Fukutoshi Ueno.
I Wouldn’t Be Alive is a site-specific installation inspired by both tranquillity and fear. Moved by an episode of I Shouldn’t Be Alive that re-enacted a man’s tale of being caught in a swarm of jellyfish and stung towards death, and her own fear of the ocean, Lascelles set about creating this immersive installation of handmade jellyfish to explore stillness, wonderment and claustrophobia all at once.
Carolyn Barker combines time-honoured Japanese and classical techniques to create jewellery and small objects with a distinctly Australian sensibility. Inspired by the change of season, Barker’s Ivory St. installation will feature a range of jewellery exploring the forms and rich autumn hues of leaves through the use of painstaking Japanese irogane metal alloy processes.
What Can One Do With One Can ?
Local design collective Quench invite a group of creatives from the fields of product design, graphic design, architecture, jewellery and fashion to manipulate a common everyday object. Each participant is given one standard aluminium drink can and is asked to reinterpret it into a functional or sculptural item.
This exhibition sees artist, designer and maker Christina Waterson continue her exploration of the beauty of repetition and pattern, while also marking a softening of material, simplification of line and return to essential forms. Drawing on ancient techniques of weaving and folding, the Soft Cell installation challenges the limitations of its materials while creating a mesmerizing rhythm of form, light and shadow.
Stephen Bowers is one of Australia’s foremost contemporary ceramic artists. Working with a range of vessels and objects made by his collaborators, from plates to urns and even surfboards, Bowers draws on a variety of decorative techniques to combine art historical references with Australiana motifs and icons.
A JamFactory touring exhibition, supported by Visions of Australia, an Australian Government program supporting touring exhibitions by providing funding assistance for the development and touring of Australian cultural material across Australia.
Jardinière continues Milinski’s exploration of the blur between built and natural environments in contemporary consumer society. For Milinski, domesticated plants inspire drawings, sculpture and installations that use materials associated with construction and consumer packaging. Real and constructed flora entangle to muddy dualities of nature and culture, masculine and feminine, hand-made and mass-produced, craft and art, and organic and inorganic.
Maryann Talia Pau is a Samoan born weaving artist who has recently relocated to Brisbane, having successfully established her practice in Melbourne. Her stunning woven wearables, which she affectionately terms “Pasifika Bling”, utilise traditional Samoan techniques, and have been displayed at the National Gallery of Victoria and the Melbourne Fashion Festival. Maryann sees love as the core of her practice and takes particular interest its potential to provide strength in adversity. For this Ivory St gallery exhibition she is creating
a range of woven necklaces, breastplates and fans, as well as some stars that are a part of her One Million Stars project raising awareness of issues of violence.
Greensmith is a collaborative Queensland/San Francisco exhibition showcasing leading green design from both cities. Jewellers are increasingly addressing environmental issues such as ethically sourced gems and materials, environmentally friendly studio practices and working with recycled metals and reclaimed materials. Not to be missed is the pop-up jewellery studio in the exhibition space, where jewellers will be in residence over the exhibition period.
This exhibition is a partnership between artisan, Jewellers & Metalsmi the Group of Queensland (JMGQ) and Metal Arts Guild San Francisco (MAGSF).
Design is all about innovation, but can the past offer ideas for the present and future? Remember or Revive is an ongoing series by The Fashion Archives that connects contemporary designers with treasures from the past to change the way we think about history.
This exhibition presents two visions of Queensland style. Vintage photographs, garments and tourism material will portray an optimistic image of Queensland in the 20th century. By contrast, the work of Maison Briz Vegas will present a contemporary portrait tainted by the realities of a globalised and environmentally compromised planet. The Brisbane-based design duo, known for turning rubbish into high-fashion, will reimagine 20th century Queensland kitsch through a 21st century lens.
Curated by Nadia Buick and Madeleine King
Brisbane-based WORK-SHOP by MGDC is a creative collaboration between an architect and builder; two passionate artisans who create hand-crafted timber objects and furnishings made with timeless design and sustainability in mind. From their cosy workshop and showroom in Newstead, MGDC develop and manufacture a range of quality timber objects and fittings that marry quality design and craftsmanship. Every aspect of the design is tried-and-tested, skipping ornament in favour of simplicity and functionality. The WORK-SHOP range strikes a fine balance between style and utility in providing furnishings for the modern Australian space.
Brisbane based contemporary jeweller and object maker Bianca Mavrick works across a diverse palette of precious and everyday materials. Employing handcrafted production methods in combination with industrial fabrication processes, she explores a world of endless variation, modular components and repetition. Mavrick explores memories through motif, and for Brick Block, she aims to decipher the visual language of local architecture and remnant memories of familiar places into motif form. The Brick Block installation in the Ivory St. window will comprised of new collection of production jewellery and lighting objects.
Critics often label today’s design as expensive and elitist and see the modern day designer as someone operating in a “bubble” of isolation.
Burst Open is an exhibition that examines this notion, and through the lens of the emerging global phenomena of open source design, turns it into an optimistic opportunity.
Open source refers to free public access to product designs via online platforms. From an initial focus on software, a new movement has spawned – open source design for objects. This often involves collaborative and user-driven development combined with innovative royalty models. Burst Open will feature work from leading local and international designers along with students from the School of Architecture at University of Queensland. Purpose-built spaces will create an environment for the public where they can interact with and share design in new ways.
Curated by Christian Duell & John de Manincor.
Creative graphic direction and interactive window projection by inkahoots.
Burst Open is proudly supported by University of Queensland – School of Architecture, inkahoots, Carter Holt Harvey, ECOply and mMake.me.
This exhibit comprises a selection of handmade art and craft items by local artists, crafters and designers who are all members of Queensland’s largest online creative community, BrisStyle Inc. As a collective, the BrisStyle community is a thriving hub, celebrating all aspects of handmade creativity including hobbyists through to fine artists amongst its members. The exhibition displays a range of items and techniques from ceramics, woodwork and illustration through to sewing and many others.