New Weave – Contemporary approaches to the traditions of weaving.
Whilst this was a fairly small exhibition it was well worth the visit to Object: Australian Design Centre as the content was very diverse.
The work encompassed knitting, 3D digital technology, glass cane weaving and wire work as well as toilet paper and basket weaving fused with digital surface modelling. Each of the artists interpreted the brief very differently but their choices sat well together as a whole.
The space was light and airy with a very high ceiling. The arrangement was uncluttered, with plinths of various sizes and shapes in use. The items were displayed well, with plenty of space, allowing the viewer to enjoy each individual art work without influence from other pieces within the gallery. The staff was extremely pro-active, giving information about the different artists, upcoming events featuring them and even further details regarding some of the exhibits which wasn’t in the official write-up. They were knowledgeable and friendly without being intrusive.
Below are a few pieces I found of particular note:
These 3D digitally printed sculptures are inspired by the urban environment, particularly the city grid as an abstracted form. They are fully interlocked and coloured after printing. As each section is independent from the others (although interlocked) the sculptures are able to be moved and arranged in a variety of positions.
As a native Waradgeri artist Lorraine makes oversized vessels from recycled found materials, mostly various wires. These are her representations of the string bags and vessels used and made within her culture by her Elders.
Jenni is an Aboriginal (Arrernte) glass artist. Her weaving pays tribute to traditional weavers and their ancient cultural practices.
As a designer and academic at the University of Technology in Sydney Alana experiments with machine and hand-knitting techniques to create sculptural body adornments.
Also featured were art works by Edward Linacre, Rachel Park and Pennie Jagiello.
Text adapted from catalogue. Photographs by Claire Brach and published with permission from the gallery.