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Deinstall & Install Action In The Gallery

Just a little note to let you know that the New Weave deinstall and Resolved: Journeys In Australian Design install are going really well over at Object Gallery. Our favourite exhibition builders, Big City, have done an amazing job at getting the Resolved furniture made and have been great at working with me in getting the final details right.

Annette, the creative producer for Resolved, the installers Robert and Justin and I have been working on placement of the furniture yesterday afternoon and today – as you can imagine it’s a ‘lotta show’ for a small gallery, but it is looking really good.

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Rachel Park’s Temporary home.

Object’s current exhibition, New Weave: Contemporary Approaches to the Traditions of Weaving, is rapidly drawing to an end and, sadly, this will see the disposal of Rachel Park’s temporary site-specific installation, home. This gives extra incentive to race down to the Object Gallery to experience the work before its destruction 5pm Saturday 29th March!

I recently sat down with Rachel to discuss her work for New Weave and her art making in general.

After receiving her honours from SCA, Rachel has practiced as an emerging, Sydney based contemporary artist for almost five years. Inspired by minimal art and contemporary architecture, Rachel has developed and experimented with site-specific installations primarily made out of the unusual yet everyday medium of commercial toilet paper. Rachel’s interest in this everyday, discarded material is seemingly never-ending as she endeavors to fully explore its artistic potential in varied and exciting ways.

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Big Crowds in Japan for Australian Exhibition

Almost 37,500 people flocked to see the Australian Exhibition at the 2nd International Triennale of Kogei (Craft) at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan. Curated by Steven Pozel and Lisa Cahill, this exhibition included 36 works by 20 Indigenous artists. The collection represents many of the artists and communities who have taken part in Object’s exhibitions over the past decade.

Artists included: Danie Mellor; Lorraine Connelly-Northey; Lola Greeno; Regina Wilson; Megan Yunipingu; Sharon Djalambarr; Judy Manany; Mavis Warrngilna Ganambarr; Anne Dixon; Eunice Yunurupa Porter Warakurna; Ruby Gubiyarrawuy Guyula; Penny Milingu Wanapuyngu; Lucy Malirrimurruwuy Wanapuyngu; Nellie Nambayana; Florence Minyjway Ashley; Linda Minawala Bidingal; Roseanne Maywada Malibirr; Mary Jinguwaraba; Susan Balbunga and Noreen Maday Ashley.

Sydneysiders can see the work of Lorraine Connelly-Northey in New Weave at Object Gallery until 29 March 2014.

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Weaving Stories

More New Weave artist Lorraine Connelly-Northey stories from when we visited WeAve Parramatta last week. Sitting around a table with women from so many different cultural backgrounds, together we listened to Lorraine share her stories so openly and encourage the weavers’ creativity.

Lorraine spoke about her mixed heritage and how she is keen to embrace both her Scottish and Aboriginal blood in her artwork. She spoke about how unusual it was for an Aboriginal woman of her generation to finish year 12 and how this gave her a start in life and a wonderful appreciation for life long learning. 

 

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The Lorraine and Jonathan show…

Last Thursday night a big crowd gathered in amongst the beautiful works in New Weave to listen to a conversation between artist Lorraine Connelly-Northey and curator Jonathan Jones.  We were so privileged to be ‘flies on the wall’ in an intimate conversation that revealed much about Lorraine’s life story and the inspirations for her art practice. 

Returning home to Swan Hill, from a decade in Adelaide working in the public sector, as a new mother, Lorraine spent some time working out what the next phase of her life would be. Her father, a farmer of Scottish heritage, was an inspiration taking his children out bush to learn about their mother’s land. They spent time foraging in country tips for materials for spare parts for farm equipment. Lorraine’s father reminded her of this early experience and, when she expressed an interest in following a creative path, he suggested she use a discarded piece of tin from a scrap yard – this was to be the beginnings of the career of this most distinguished and collectible artist.

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Watch: Jenni Kemarre Martiniello on her Inspiration & Process

Jenni Kemarre Martiniello is a contemporary urban-based Aboriginal (Arrernte) glass artist, based in Canberra and featured in Object: Australian Design Centre’s early-2014 exhibition New Weave: Contemporary Approaches to the Traditions of Weaving. In this video she discusses her inspiration and the process of making her glass representations of traditional Indigenous objects. To watch the video, hit the play button under the image gallery to the right!

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WeAve Parramatta Visit New Weave

Today Object hosted a group of 15 people from WeAve Parramatta for a workshop with New Weave artist Alana Clifton-Cunningham. The WeAve Parramatta group meet twice a month to discuss their arts practice and regularly visit exhibitions and artist talks of interest around Sydney. 

I gave the group a walk through of the New Weave exhibition and everyone listened with interest and enjoyed the different takes on traditional weaving processes presented in the exhibition. Bin Dixon-Ward’s 3D printed jewellery was the focus of much fascination for its beautiful colour gradations and sculptural forms.

Alana Clifton-Cunningham introduced the group to her practice and showed many of her sample books and pieces and then demonstrated her techniques on her 30 year old domestic knitting machine, before showing how she sculpts the knitted segments on a mannequin into body formations.

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Weaving In The Gallery

Object’s gallery space is now empty of the 3D printers that made up CTRL P: Objects On Demand, our collaborative workshop with COTA and we are preparing for our next exhibition New Weave: Contemporary Approaches to the Traditions of Weaving. It is exciting unpacking the works from a very diverse group of artists who explore the extremities of weaving where anything is possible!

Lorraine Connelly-Northey weaves her works with rusted found wire in ways that defy the loom. Jenni Kemarre Martiniello’s fish traps, dilly bags and baskets interpret Indigenous traditional weavings in fragile glass forms that seem to float. Rachel Park is installing her wall work using toilet paper in the gallery over the coming week and it is amazing to see it developing and tumbling down the wall.

And there is still so much more to come!

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Melbourne Now

In the cool, quiet hiatus between Christmas and New Year Melbourne is, in art and design terms, very Now! With everyone else either out of town, or enjoying the sales or the cricket test, I was in town experiencing the Melbourne Now exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria and The Ian Potter Centre at Federation Square.

For the first time at the NGV, design and architecture are being shown as part of the contemporary art conversation. The gallery should be applauded for its efforts to work with artists and designers across Melbourne uncovering the deep talents that lie within the city.

Starting at the NGV on the first day, I barely scraped the surface of the show, which spans 8000 square metres of exhibition space across the two venues. Going back for a second day, with a 12-year-old guide who had seen the show earlier with school, I realised that I had missed much in my first visit.

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