Opening | Objects of Desire, Ari Fuller, and Tom Emmett

Opening | Objects of Desire, Ari Fuller, and Tom Emmett

Please join us for the opening of Objects of Desire

To be opened by: The Honourable Grace Grace MP, Minister for Industrial Relations and Employment, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Minister for Racing, Member for Brisbane Central

With a special talk by: Grace Cochrane AM, Curator, writer and historian of contemporary crafts and design

5.30-6pm: Join us for the curator floor talk by Shannon Garson and artist talk by Tijn Meulendijks.

Cash bar will be open on the night.

RSVP by Monday 12 September.


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This is an exhibition about material transforming, from a lump of dirt into a myriad of forms. Clay is an expressive material, from the belly of a bowl to the gestural marks of an abstract sculpture there is something seductive about clay, it calls out for human touch.

The making of an artwork in the studio is a very private performance. The physicality of working with clay and drawing is rarely discussed, as it is a side of an artist’s life that is almost never made public. Pushing blocks of clay around, denting, altering and moving over the surface of form, the physical rhythm of making is a large part of a ceramic artist’s life. Clay is heavy; being able to manipulate it requires strength and ingenuity to solve technical problems that arise between the material and the human body.

This exhibition highlights 10 Queensland artists working with clay from the raw woodfired works of Ray Cavill to the refined, delicate porcelain of Anne Mossman. These objects are highlighted and linked by the ephemeral eco installation of artist Tijn Meulendijks; his airy, gravity defying installation a physical embodiment of the idea of desire. Tijn’s installations and Shannon Garson’s exhibition design draw the viewer further and further into the luscious, mysterious, tactile, colourful world of Objects of Desire.


Curated by Shannon Garson.

Artists: Mollie Bosworth, Andrew Bryant, Ray Cavill, Janet Fieldhouse, Chizuko Jones, Clairy Laurence, Tijn Meulendijks, Pru Morrison, Anne Mossman, Jenny Mulcahy and Megan Puls.


Exhibition continues to 19 November 2016.

Image: Megan Puls, Mangrove series 1-10, 2016. Scarva stoneware clay. Photo by Jaala Alex.

Also launching:

Ari Fuller | Dark Forest, Gold City

Artist and jeweller Ari Fuller’s intricate works in this exhibition combine plique-a-jour enamel and Argentium silver to tell a personal story of a world evolving and beautiful. Inspired by Egyptian jewellery, Lalique and Faberge, Fuller employs many symbols in his work, from death and masks to trees and the sun, to weave narratives of his experiences.

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.


Image: Ari Fuller, Virtues of Fate, 2016. Argentium silver, sterling silver, and vitreous plique-a-jour enamel.

Image: Ari Fuller, Virtues of fate, 2016. Argentium silver, sterling silver, and vitreous plique-a-jour enamel.


Tom Emmett | Mundanity Continued

Born from a diminishing cube, the curvaceous forms of Mundanity continued have been individually sculpted from solid off-cut pieces of foam. The original form, which was developed while Tom was studying at Central Saint Martins in London, has progressed to take on different scales and functions. Handcrafted and industrial processes converge in these pieces, with the forms being individually carved yet modular with an industrially applied coating. Additionally, the polystyrene foam is commonly associated with packaging rather than traditional craft. These pieces aim to pose questions about the relationship between handcrafting and industrial design manufacturing, and explore the possibilities of sculpting for design and industry.


Image: Tom Emmett, Mundanity Continued, 2016. EPS, polyurethane and acrylic. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Image: Tom Emmett, Mundanity continued, 2016. EPS, polyurethane and acrylic. Photo courtesy of the artist.