2015 exhibition program

2015 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.


Image: Sarah Rayner, Gynoecium, 2014.

Image: Sarah Rayner, Gynoecium, 2014. White porcelain. Photo by Shannon Garson.

23 January – 18 April 2015

Chain Reaction Two

Gallery 1

As a twist on the usual exhibition format, the artists, designers and craftspeople of Queensland have determined the content of this exhibition series. Chain Reaction 2 continues the chain started in the first instalment of the exhibition in 2014, where two initial artists each selected another two artists who inspire and influence their practice, and these artists in turn nominated another two. For this second instalment, two artists from the end of the first chain, Brian Robinson and Christopher Trotter, have been publicly selected as the artists to kickstart another exciting network of artists.

The result is an artist-led selection of Queensland artists and designers, which reveals the connections between diverse mediums and practices with the potential to spark future collaborations.


Image: Dan Elborne, Remains 11, 2014..

Image: Dan Elborne, Remains 11, 2014. Skull and porcelain. Photo by Grace Yu.

23 January – 18 April 2015

Dan Elborne | Remains

Gallery 2

Emerging Toowoomba-based ceramic and installation artist, Dan Elborne, presents a new body of work seeking to explore human brutality utilising an innovative porcelain technique. By transforming found animal bones with porcelain, the work reflects on the spectacle of such remains whilst underlining their beautiful fragility.


Pamela See | In the Minority

24 January – 9 March 2015

Pamela See | In the Minority

Ivory Street

This site-specific paper cut installation illustrates the chronological history of migration in Australia through an evolving landscape featuring the motif of the black sheep. The White Australia policy was implemented shortly after Federation in 1901, but by 2013-14 only 12 percent of migrants to Australia originated from the United Kingdom as opposed to 20 percent from India and 14 percent from The People’s Republic of China. The artwork will develop over the duration of seven weeks with Pamela creating elements of the work live in the window space.


Image: Katie Stormonth, Dots, 2013.

Image: Katie Stormonth, Dots, 2013. Photo by Faun Photography

9 March – 26 April 2015

Katie Stormonth | Blended Matter

Ivory Street

Brisbane based contemporary jeweller Katie Stormonth explores the manipulation of surface, texture and material aesthetics in her new exhibition for the Ivory St window gallery. A collection of objects and wearable jewellery constructed from plywood, aluminium and found objects, Stormonth’s installation seeks to create a sense of harmony through her combinations of dissimilar objects and materials.


Image: Rob Arcidiacono, Romaine, 2014

Image: Rob Arcidiacono, Romaine, 2014

28 April – 18 July 2015

Marketplace

Gallery 1 & 2

Marketplace transforms the exhibition space into a pop up market, pairing local makers with local food producers. By looking back at early crafts such as artisan baking and fermentation including brewing and cheese making, Marketplace re-establishes their connection with craft. The exhibition follows the lifecycle of craft and food, from idea to crafted product, paddock to plate, and delves into global concerns such as waste, excessive consumption, food security and an increasing disconnect with food and craft production.

Operating as a trading market at the opening event, Marketplace engages audiences to connect with local craft makers and local food producers, reconnecting with where our food and crafted items come from.

This exhibition is curated by Artisan’s Emerging Curatorial Fellow, Melinda Gagen.


Hmong Crafts: Remixed Entities

28 April – 14 June 2015

Vanghoua Anthony Vue | Hmong Crafts: Remixed Entities

Ivory Street

Vanghoua Anthony Vue is an emerging Brisbane artist whose work explores the reinterpretation and reinvention of the textile traditions of his Hmong ancestry. For this Ivory St exhibition, Vue exploits the adaptability of the patterns, processes and colours of these textiles by applying them to collages, furniture and ceramics while simultaneously drawing in influences from consumer and pop culture, street art and the DIY ethos. Through this approach Vue’s striking works blur the boundaries between craft and art, and demonstrate the continuing relevance of traditional cultures and their potential to be transformed and diversified into new cultural contexts.


Image: Nooko & Co, Co-Depend Lamp.

15 June – 2 August 2015

Nooko & Co

Ivory Street

Nooko & Co is a new Brisbane based design studio with a focus on well designed and consciously made furniture and lighting. The studio’s partners, Rhys Thomas and Kristie Lahey, come from diverse backgrounds spanning mechanical design, marketing and the creative industries. Their shared interest however, lies in how multiple manufacturing processes and different materials can be balanced in composition and paired together to create products that achieve both functionality and a minimalist design aesthetic.

With a strong belief in supporting local craft production, Nooko & Co utilise local independent makers that share their passion for well-crafted furniture with an obsessive attention to detail. This Ivory St. exhibition will showcase a selection of furniture and lighting from the Nooko & Co range.


 

Image: Chelsea Bateman, Sarah Capon, Ben Donnelly, Rubens Ma and Gabriel Wu, Final prototype

Image: Chelsea Bateman, Sarah Capon, Ben Donnelly, Rubens Ma and Gabriel Wu, Final prototype (exploring sustainable wearable costumes that connected individuals at large scale events). Photo by Ben Donnelly.

25 July – 7 November 2015

Wear Next_

Gallery 1

Technology is increasingly penetrating all aspects of our environment, and the rapid uptake of devices that live near, on or in our bodies is facilitating radical new ways of working, relating and socialising. Such technology, with its capacity to generate previously unimaginable levels of data, offers the potential to provide life-augmenting levels of interactivity. However, the absorption of technology into the very fabric of clothes, accessories and even bodies begins to dilute boundaries between physical, technological and social spheres, generating genuine ethical and privacy concerns and potentially having implications for human evolution.

Wear Next_ will illustrate this shifting landscape through a selection of experimental wearable and interactive works by local, national and international artists and designers. The exhibition will also provide a platform for broader debate around wearable technology, our mediated future-selves and human interactions in this future landscape.

Wear Next_ is curated by Beck Davis and Rafael Gomez.

Download Wear Next_ catalogue here!


Image: Sun Woong Bang, Unexpected Linkage, 2015.

Image: Sun Woong Bang, Unexpected Linkage, 2015. Sterling silver, 3D printed polymer and ink. (10 rings 1 x pair earrings, 1 x brooch). Photograph courtesy of the artist.

25 July – 7 November 2015

Attitude as Form

Gallery 2

Attitude As Form presents the work of 22 practitioners from Australia and New Zealand exposing a diversity of ideas and approaches to the creation of contemporary jewellery. The exhibition reflects current thinking in the fields of fashion, art, craft and design as they are explored and responded to within the field of adornment.

The exhibition features the work of: Ari Athans, Miguel Aquilizan, Sun Woong Bang, Zoe Brand, Laura Burstow, Yu-Fang Chi, Stella Chrysostomou, Anna Davern, Sharon Fitness, Anna Gray, Fatemeh Boroujeni, Blandine Halle, Susan Hawkins, Alicia Lane, Bianca Mavrick, Claire McArdle, Marisa Molin, Christine O’Reilly, Claire Townsend, Michelle Wadsworth, Lisa Walker, & Alister Yiap.

Attitude as Form is curated by Beau Allen and Miriam Carter.

Download the Attitude As Form catalogue here!


Image: Carly Kotynski, Tied Up (detail), 2015. Cotton Rope.

Image: Carly Kotynski, Tied Up (detail), 2015. Cotton Rope.

3 August – 27 September 2015

Carly Kotynski | Tied Up

Ivory Street

Carly Kotynski is a Brisbane based artist who incorporates many different craft skills in her sculptural works and installations. Her art practice continually evolves as she explores and masters different techniques and experiments with a range of materials. Having used copper wire and natural fibers for some time, Carly recently discovered cotton rope and the knotting of macramé. Using only a small selection of basic knots, visually complex patterns can be created. In this installation Carly explores how the repetition of these simple knots can transform an ordinary material into something beautiful and quietly elegant.


Image: Smith and Others Furniture, Off The Shelf (desk and stool), 2015.

Image: Smith and Others Furniture, Off The Shelf (desk and stool), 2015. FSC plywood, Radiata Pine, low VOC paints and finishes. Photo by Faun Photography.

28 September – 22 November 2015

Smith and Others Furniture | New Works

Ivory Street

Smith and Others Furniture is a Brisbane based design practice established in 2014 by furniture designer Matty C Smith with writer and accountant JoJo Smith. New Works in the Ivory St Window Gallery exhibits a selection of furniture from their Off The Shelf range designed for small spaces.


Image: David Shaw, Story Five (Trivet) (in progress), 2015. Macadamia timber.

Image: David Shaw, Story Five (Trivet) (in progress), 2015. Macadamia timber.

14 November 2015 – 20 February 2016

Quench | Table Stories

Gallery 1

Stories expressed in Australian Timber by Australian Designers.

The Quench design collective has pursued an exciting design research project in conjunction with a Queensland macadamia producer. They have revealed the potential value of discarded macadamia timber by creating a series of beautiful design artifacts, each with its own story, which highlight the unique grain of this native Australian hardwood.


Diver (front)

Elizabeth Shaw, Diver, 2014. Found terracotta body, recycled and reused sterling silver. Photo by Michelle Bowden.

14 November 2015 – 20 February 2016

Yang 杨 + Shaw 肖 | Tales from the Studio

Gallery 1

Xiaohui Yang (Shandong, China) and Elizabeth Shaw (Brisbane) make jewellery and objects that explore ideas about society and culture. Yang is inspired by the clash between traditional Chinese and Western customs, whereas Shaw’s work investigates symbolism and functionality of objects by reimagining broken and discarded items. This exhibition reveals the connections and distinctions between their practices.

Download Yang 杨 +Shaw 肖 | Tales from the Studio catalogue here.

 


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