Current Exhibitions

Current Exhibitions

26 August – 18 November 2017

Michelle Stemm | Empathy to Infiltration


Small Object Space

Michelle Stemm is a silversmith based in Brisbane. Through her work she explores impact of human migration around the globe and the impact this has on communities. In 2016, Stemm conducted one-on-one interviews and researched social and print media to examine Australian citizens’ attitudes towards asylum seekers seeking protection in Australia and how their attitudes are formed.

Empathy to Infiltration aims to visually depict Stemm’s research findings through reclaimed serve-ware. Stemm uses recognisable symbols and motifs to express key messages that she believes shape the way Australian’s think and feel about asylum seekers.

SOS is presented in partnership with Griffith University’s Queensland College of Art. SOS is an exhibition space dedicated to showcasing the college’s best small object works from students, staff and alumni

The resulting work seeks to amalgamate fine art and craft practices, bringing together materials, regardless of ‘high’ or ‘low’ connotation, to situate an honest sense of impulse and intuition in the quest to put forward an appreciation of quiet reflections in relation to mortality and the self.

Feature image: Michelle Stemm, Culture clash, 2016. Antique silver salt shaker tops and stainless steel sweet dish. Photo courtesy of the artist.

22 August – 2 October 2017

Will Marx, Last Leaf (installation view), 2017. Photo by @smend_.

Will Marx, Last Leaf (installation view), 2017. Photo by @smend_.

Will Marx | Last Leaf

Ivory St Window Gallery

Last Leaf challenges the archetypal functionality of sideboards where more often than not, everything and anything is recklessly thrown into it. Designed and built to last for generations to come, Will Marx uses a combination of both traditional and contemporary furniture making techniques to craft his masterpieces. Last Leaf demonstrates how a single solitary leaf alone can be a purposeful representation of quintessential mindful minimalism in our home. The exhibition is a creative interpretation of society’s attitudes towards material belongings and excessiveness.