Thursday, 10 May 2018

Zoē Bastin & Vittoria Di Stefano

Two exhibitions that play with the possibilities of materials, one in relationship to the body and one with materials ability to undergo an alchemic change or be effected by great forces. 


Zoë Bastin

Unknowing

Seventh Gallery

10th May – 24th May 2018


Written by Zoë
Unknowing is part of an ongoing performance project, exploring how choreography that uses sculptural materials creates a sense of estrangement from one’s own body. Choreography is informed by a confrontation with material, an abstracted fleshy mass the same weight as the performers own body.  The exhibition of sculptures, choreographic processes and artefacts will draw from the unfamiliarity of an estranged body, creating a sense of humility and inadequacy in the process of unknowing what a body is.
Bastin works in-between sculpture and dance creating choreography, objects, videos, photos and performances. Exploring the materiality of bodies and objects, her practice re-imagines her body and its connection to spatial, material and social contexts. Sculpture approximates the body through material while dance re-creates experiences using the body itself. 









Vittoria Di Stefano

Deep Time Receiver 

Bus Projects

9 May - 2 June 2018


Materials in a state of transition.
Materials that are personal, lipstick, soap presented in their transformed state.
An installation where magnet attract and arrange iron filings into poetic, organic organisms.  Crystals seep and expand, beginning to cover and consume all surfaces.








 Written by Vittoria
Vittoria Di Stefano’s research centres on material investigation as a method for examining notions of liminality - or transformative in-betweenness - in sculptural practice. She employs temporal, marginal and contingent processes to investigate a range of materials as a means to explore the alchemical and transformational properties of the sculptural object. busprojects.org.au/program/deep-time-receiver

Alicia van Rhijn & Madeleine Thornton-Smith

Composing Collage

Alicia van Rhijn & Madeleine Thornton-Smith

Seventh Gallery

10 May - 24 May 2018


Rhijn & Thorton-Smith have created a playful space within the front gallery at Seventh. Within this seemingly casual spay of blocks and components, is a deep formalist dialogue. Both artists have worked as if co-joined, balancing texture, colour, shape, mass and scale. 

Individual vignettes are delightful as intricate attention to surface detail is discovered. A closer look reveals material use - or does it. Thornton-Smith plays with and often reversed the tactile qualities one expects from clay, plaster or paper, whilst van Rhijn conjures graphic compositions found in architect and interior design.






















Sunday, 6 May 2018

Kirsten Perry

Strawberry & Banana 

Window series at www.pépite.com.au
195 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy


17 April - 6 May 2018



Kirsten Perry always delights. This show is particularly delicious with a goopy strawberry glaze that is decoratively dribbly, functions as a joining technique and makes for a catchy title.

Each piece is curious, witty and imaginative in both form and texture. Objects are abstractly familiar and nag at the brain for a linking reality: mushroom, toast holder, garlic bulb, Big Charlie chewy.

Perry's titles add to the game:

Sicky Bottom, Pimples, Teenager, I'll Wait Here. 















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Sunday, 29 April 2018

To Market To Market....


Markit + BakeSale

Sunday 22 April 2018Atrium & Deakin Edge Theatre, Federation Square, 10am–5pm

86 independent designers and 6 local food icons, all under one roof at Melbourne's Federation Square.
A sunny afternoon stroll to catch up with old friends and see new makers continuing to explore the rustic, iron spotted possibilities of clay and excited by some makers using clay in unique and personal ways to make affordable and desirable objects. 



Ever- amazing Sandra Bowkett, whose wood fired work keeps getting more subtly beautiful. 

Deft and desirable Rara Studios 

www.minpindesign you made me smile - thank you

www.emilyonly.com.au selling for scent with oil & incense burners
Urban Cartel continues with finely slip cast and immensely useable vessels in coloured porcelain

Katherine Wheeler translates her whimsical drawings into equally whimsical ceramic objects. This translation is about forma and texture not just about illustration and surface decoration.

www.katherninewheeler.com.au
www.yiyinglee.com applies lively kitty cat cuteness to adorable handmade ceramics

Sunday, 11 March 2018

the space between...connected

Group exhibition by
Sarah Ormonde
Joanne Searle
John Tuckwell
Grey Daly

21 February - 11 March 2018
Red Gallery Contemporary Art Space


There is a strong sense of landscape in the works of these four artists. Boundary, horizon line, colour, paddock, sky, river and climate are but a few of the abstract and beautiful qualities applied to surface of these artists' pots. The entire four galleries of this venue are devoted to ceramics and it was a treat to see work by makers from NSW in such abundance and quality.

the space between is like a ceramic masterclass, an exemplar on how the surface of clay may capture a personal and poetic sense of landscape.

John Tuckwell

River mouth #2, Australian porcelain, coloured with pigments & oxides
River mouth #2, Australian porcelain, coloured with pigments & oxides
Box #3, Australian porcelain, coloured with pigments & oxides
Memory Fragments, Australian porcelain, coloured with pigments & oxides
Cathedral rock 111, Australian porcelain, coloured with pigments & oxides

Sarah Ormode
Headland walk #1 & 2, high-fired in reduction, inlaid with oxides, decorated wit slips & oxides, dry glaze
Headland walk #1 & 2, high-fired in reduction, inlaid with oxides, decorated with slips & oxides, dry glaze

Headland walk #1 &2 (detail), high-fired in reduction, inlaid with oxides, decorated wit slips & oxides, dry glaze
Black wattle #6 & 5, high-fired in reduction, inlaid with oxides, decorated wit slips & oxides, dry glaze
Between the trees, down the forest road #1, high-fired in reduction, inlaid with oxides, decorated wit slips & oxides, dry glaze

Last Light #98, lustre glazed ceramics bowl
Dappled evening light, lustre glazed ceramics bowl
Horizon light, lustre glazed ceramics bowl
Red sunset, lustre glazed ceramics bowl

Joanne Seattle

Gudgenby Soundmark #117, stoneware, porcelain, stains
Gudgenby Soundmark #123 & 124, stoneware, porcelain, stains
Gudgenby Soundmark #14 & 18, stoneware, porcelain, stains
Gudgenby Soundmark #18, stoneware, porcelain, stains
Gudgenby Soundmark (detail), stoneware, porcelain, stains

Zoē Bastin & Vittoria Di Stefano

Two exhibitions that play with the possibilities of materials, one in relationship to the body and one with materials ability to undergo an...