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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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Resolved Videos Begin!

As part of creative program Resolved: Journeys in Australian Design, a series of mini documentaries have been produced. They will be released online, at our Video & Audio Gallery, over the next week and a bit, with all live and ready to be watched in time for the opening of the exhibition next Friday, April 4.

The videos cover two strands. First, each designer has their own video focusing on their work, the process, and their practice. The first of these, looking at Matt Conway, designer of the iconic Bale Chair, is ready to be watched now.

The second strand features a number of thematic videos—looking at things like the design landscape in Australia, or how to take a concept to market. The first of these, Designing in Australia, looks at what it is like to be a designer in Australia at the moment, and some of the benefits and challenges.

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Biennale of Sydney Cockatoo Island Snapshot

Last week with much fanfare I headed off to the Biennale of Sydney media preview on Cockatoo Island. This is the 19th incarnation of the Biennale in Sydney and it still remains one of the biggest and most talked about art events in Australia. As you would know (unless you have been living under a rock for the past 3 months) this Biennale has been foreshadowed by controversy over its sponsorship by Transfield and artists withdrawing.

This iteration of the Biennale, titled You Imagine What You Desire is under the artistic guidance of Juliana Engberg and it benefits from it greatly. Cockatoo Island is Engberg’s Fantasy space. The 44 works housed there are often grand in scale, rich in metaphor and wildly presented to be discovered and consumed by the audience.

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Planning A Design Brunch

Planning for our Resolved Design Brunch on Saturday April 5th at 10.30am at Lumierè Cafe & Patisserie (St Margaret’s, Surry Hills) is well under way. Sophie (Object’s Development & Communications Coordinator) and I recently had a planning lunch with independent Creative Producer Kathryn Hunyor, who will be hosting the event. We are very excited about having Resolved designers Matt Conway and Marc Harrison joining us to chat about their uniquely Australian inspired designs. The Brunch will carry on from our opening night, which pays tribute to Matt and Marc’s design inspiration by being wool, macadamia and beard themed. I am looking forward to hearing about Matt’s Bale Chair, which uses wool bale material, and Marc’s well- known Husque bowls made from milled macadamia shells.


Annette Mauer is Object’s Head of Learning and the Creative Producer of Resolved: Journeys In Australian Design.

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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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Listen: Jonathon Jones & Lorraine Connelly-Northey In Conversation

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.

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Visiting Flinders Island With Lola

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.

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EXHIBITION

Resolved: Journeys in Australian Design

Saturday 5 April-Saturday 21 June, 2014
Object Gallery

An exhibition of the most compelling works from 12 designers from the highly acclaimed “Workshopped” exhibitions.
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EVENT

Resolved Designer Brunch: Australian Design Culture

10.30-11.30am Saturday 5 April, 2014
Lumiere Cafe & Patisserie, 13/417 Bourke St, Surry Hills

Enjoy your morning coffee with Resolved designers, Matt Conway and Marc Harrison in conversation with Kathryn Hunyor as they explore ‘What is quintessentially Australian about our design...
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WORKSHOP

Resolved Make.Play Mixed Media with Zoë MacDonell

7-9pm Thursday 15 May, 2014
Project Space, Object Gallery

Join Resolved designer, Zoë MacDonell to create collages from various materials as the basis for textile prints.
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Resolved Designers’ Den (VIVID Event)

3-5pm Saturday 31 May, 2014
Vivid Ideas Exchange, Museum of Contemporary Art

It all comes down to the survival of the best designs at the Designers’ Den! Witness the design process in action as we throw emerging designers to the industry¹s Design Dragons.
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WORKSHOP

Resolved Make.Play Jewellery Techniques With Bic Tieu

7-9pm Thursday 19 June, 2014
Project Space, Object Gallery

Join Resolved designer Bic Tieu to explore Asian inspired jewellery making techniques and design.
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