Monday, 24 March 2014

Vessel a Ceramics Victoria Exhibition @ Herring Island

The punt across the Yarra River

It’s always a treat to make the pilgrimage across water to Herring Island Environmental Sculpture Park, a 3.2 hectare artificial island constructed in the Yarra River adjacent to South Yarra and Richmond. https://www.onlymelbourne.com.au/melbourne_details.php?id=17877#.Uy-Ip9wkXqA

The location makes this year’s Ceramics Victoria members’ exhibition even more appropriate. Entitled Vessel, Ceramics Victoria member works fall into three loose categories:

 1. The vessel which looks at the formal qualities of volume, weight, balance between foot & rim.
Maria Pribaz, Pilbara - Contemplation
The eloquent combination of simple vessel and decoration.
Lene Kuhl Jakobsen, Allusive Landscape,
a tranquil grouping.
David Kerr, Bowls of Thought
A geometric balancing act with a delightful row of throw cups across the back of this sculpture.

2. The vessel as a hollow container, one that has a long history linked to domestic ceramics use.
Sandra Bowkett, Shards From Latitude-37.117035, longitude 145.133412
Here remnant and recovered vessels and assembled in categories encourages us to ponder on their long lost utility and form.

Amanda Christians, Treading Water
This earthy vessel recalls functional indigenous water carriers
Amanda has won the 2014 Herring Island Summer Arts Festival Prize
http://www.herringislandfestival.org.au

3. The vessel as means of transporting and travelling on water
Ann Ferguson, Vessel@doc.com
 This freighter is laden metaphorical possibilities, from Australia's reliance on imported goods to the MV Tampa rescue of Hazara refugees in 2001
Hedley Potts, Seven Dawns Swarmed at Sea
is a poetic interpretation of people at sea
John O'Loughlin, Vessel for Hope? What Makes It Go Series Has a sensitive empathy for and the trepidation of refugees and migration






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