New Weave: Contemporary Approaches To The Traditions Of Weaving
Wednesday 6 February–Saturday 29 March 2014
Tuesday March 11 2014
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.
Monday March 10 2014
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.
Monday March 10 2014
On Thursday 6 March, 2014, Object Gallery played host to a conversation between independent curator Jonathon Jones and New Weave: Contemporary Approaches to the Traditions of Weaving artist Lorraine Connelly-Northey. Speaking in front of a full and engaged audience, squeezed in amongst the stunning works on show, the two chatted for well over an hour, talking about Connelly-Northey’s background, how she likes to works, and what her process is.
In an often-hilarious conversation, Connelly-Northey took us into many different corners of her life, her past, and her inspiration. Crackly though the audio may be in part, rarely has an artist talk met with such hilarity.
Stream the audio live below, or download to take with you on your next walk or plane trip. And don’t forget to check out New Weave at Object Gallery before it closes on 29 March, 2014.
Friday March 07 2014
This is my last day at Flinders Island working towards the Lola Greeno: Cultural Jewels exhibition and monograph. , the videographer and I, have been busily capturing Lola on her home country; taking us to those special places from her early life and showing us the back breaking work entailed in collecting the specific shells for her necklaces.
Yesterday Lola showed us how she picked the She-oak apples (nuts) from the Casurina trees that grow everywhere on the island.
I just have time for a quick visit to the Furneaux Museum before heading to the airport for our trip back to mainland Tasmania. What an amazing week it has been.
Tuesday March 04 2014
Our new Head of Programs, Claire McCaughan will start at Object on 10 March. The team is eagerly awaiting her arrival. We have been experimenting and prototyping new forms of programming for some years now, keen to keep up with, and even stay ahead of a rapidly changing cultural offering. The new position is a significant appointment for Object, furthering our commitment to shake things up.
Claire co-founded Archrival, where she also serves as Director and was an Associate at Sam Crawford Architects from 2006-2013. She has been involved in a number of successful audience engagement programs. She is interested in the strategic value in actively promoting a wider view of the design discipline and explores the re-convergence of art, architecture, design, craft and audience interaction.
With Claire leading the creative team, we hope to build on our strengths and bring you new and surprising exhibitions, experiences and events, be it in person or online.
Thursday February 27 2014
This summer, I have been incredibly fortunate to be involved in some great creative projects. I have just finished up working on Project 28 and 29 for Kaldor Public Art Projects and taken up a role with Object: Australian Design Centre.
The way in which art and design are exhibited in public spaces has always intrigued me. Working in public contemporary art exhibition has allowed me to start interesting conversations with the public about its relevance, definition and financing. Watching people digest concepts and articulate how much they love or loathe an artwork—whether verbally or through body language— provides fascinating insight into audience preferences.
For Project 28, Roman Ondák’s transitory occupation of Parramatta Town Hall challenged and engaged local audiences. The distinctiveness of Ondák’s exhibition comes from his ability to transform private rituals and behaviour into public spectacle and communal experience. Audiences strongly responded to the idea of participating in constructed situations that attempted to replicate things that are somewhat mundane. Maybe transforming a private ritual into the public realm gave the activity new meaning.
Tuesday February 18 2014
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!
Friday February 14 2014
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.
Friday January 31 2014
It isn’t every day that you get to meet people famous for their glittery beards, or their pink skin and monster outfits. For the upcoming MAKE.PLAY X Mardi Gras season of workshops that starts next week at Object, and a bit of research for my 2SER radio spruik on Gay Panic show, I met up with Justin Shoulder for juice in Marrickville in the morning, and Matt Format for an afternoon pick me up coffee near the office.
Truth be told, I was a bit nervous about meeting Justin in person to chat about his Fantastic Creatures workshop after reading about him in nearly every arts magazine or blog I have come across lately. From his curating of 2014’s first MCA Artbar with the Glitter Militia, and his anointment as a top 10 Australian artist to watch (according to ARTINFO), to his highly acclaimed The River Eats performance from last year, my beating heart be still. However, the softly spoken, and hugely humble artist had me at ease as we bonded over masks, materials and hot glue guns.
Thursday January 30 2014
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!
Wednesday 6 February–Saturday 29 March 2014
10am-4pm 22 Saturday-23 Sunday March
Friday 21 March, 2014