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WOOD: art design architecture at JamFactory

Co-curators of WOOD: art design architecture, Elliat Rich and Brian Parkes, have created a little wooden forest of objects for us to float around and get lost in. The insightful duo have collected together the sublime works of 28 talented contemporary Australian artists, designers, and architects and created an engaging celebration of all things wood.

The exhibition of these works is a wonderful exploration of the historical, technological, and social significance of this ancient material.

Even though wood appears to be a simple, static material to work with, it is often not the case. Wood can crack, expand, and warp (I have experienced all three of these occurrences at once), and only the most skilled craftspeople can get the most out of this deceptively problematic substance.

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Robert Baines: Metal arrives in Maitland.

Here i am, on day two of the Robert Baines: Metal install at Maitland Regional Gallery, near the beautiful Hunter Valley in NSW.

A beautiful old building houses a very modern group of galleries. A great install team and volunteers are making the install go smoothly.

Robert Baines will be coming up for the opening saturday afternoon and will follow with one of his stimulating artist talks, so if you are in or around Sydney or Newcastle and are looking for something to see, why not take a leisurely drive north to Maitland to see this wonderful exhibition at its second last venue on its tour.

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Anish Kapoor at the MCA, Sydney

Recently the Object team visited the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia to see the greatly anticipated survey exhibition, Anish Kapoor. Judith Blackall, Head of Artistic Programs, and Megan Robson, Curatorial Assistant, kindly introduced us to the show, providing first-hand, behind-the-scenes insights into coordinating the museum’s most ‘colossal’ exhibition to date. 

The group was told all about the enormous logistical feat that Anish Kapoor demanded. Realising this project, described by Robson as the museum’s most ambitious exhibition yet, required the biggest budget the MCA has acquired, largely due to the unique freight and installation requirements of Kapoor’s work. Comprised of 22 containers worth of sculptural works shipped directly from the artist’s studio in London, the sheer weight of his work meant engaging external contractors, including structural engineers and heavy lifting specialists, was a necessity throughout freight and installation. This involved not only closing off streets, but also removing whole walls and ceilings to accommodate the large-scale works.

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Benvenuto! The Italians have arrived!

Sleek, sensual and oozing sophisticated charm, this trio of beauties is sitting glamourously in the Gallery, waiting for you to come and say ‘Ciao’.

These jetsetting pieces have only just arrived from Avenza Carrara, Italy, via London by express air freight; the original goal being to present them at the Interpretations llll Opening Night event last Tuesday. Upon finding out they’d arrive fashionably late (typical!), designer Charles Wilson presented in their place a wonderful postcard, the front emblazoned with ‘Saluti da Carrara’, the back inscription cheekily saying ‘Running a little late, can’t wait to see you! Ciao Ragazzi! xo’

‘Ay Madonna!’... if you are this beautiful you could get away with anything! ...

But I tell you now, signore e signori, it has been well worth the wait.

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The Prolific Work of Melinda Young

Melinda Young is a highly talented artist that makes the most beautiful and covetable jewellery pieces that I have laid eyes on in a long time. And with all the jewellery I buy or window shop that is saying a lot! (Editor’s note: Sophie has over 300 pairs of earrings, so her opinion can probably be trusted.)

Here at Object we are lucky enough to stock Melinda’s work in our Collect online store and in the current pop up shop we have on, Made By Hand. But that’s not all! We are also lucky enough to have Melinda on staff so we get to see her pretty face often and pick her amazing brain about her inspirations and process.

Melinda’s work varies from gorgeous pieces that you could wear every day to the gallery pieces that are multilayered and intense. One such piece is her work in the current exhibition on at Object, Life In Your Hands: art from solastalgia. The oversized neckpiece is a response to her interaction and work with the Canberra community affected by bush fires in 2003 and is stunning not only for it’s size but also for the uplifting feelings of rejuvenation and hope it evokes.

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Jeff Mincham at Mornington Peninsula

Last Saturday afternoon Jeff Mincham: Ceramics opened at its final venue at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Art Gallery. A great crowd rolled up to listen to Dr Kevin Murray and Jeff talk about the Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft program – (Kevin was on the second selection panel when Jeff was chosen as our 2009 Living Treasure so there was a relevance to his opening of this final exhibition).

It has been an interesting exercise to see the diverse manifestations of this show in venues both large and small around the country. With the exhibition finishing its long national tour, I felt a certain melancholia walking around the exhibition space looking at the works for the last time. The popularity of the Living Treasures exhibition with audiences has mainly been due to the pictorial relationship between the artist, his works and his landscape experiences throughout South Australia.

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Sidney Myer Fund — Australian Ceramic Award

Object-er Alexandra Standen returns home from installing a new series of work at Shepparton Art Museum as part of the 2012 Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award.  She shares what winning the award means to her. To read about her win earlier this year, head here.

I am a recent graduate from the National Art School in Sydney and it was here that I first fell in love with clay and its addictive quality. I spent four amazing years at art school learning from some of the most wonderful teachers and practicing artists. Therefore it would be hard for me to start this post without acknowledging the profound impact they had on my artistic career.

Stepping out of an art institution is a very scary prospect and like so many emerging artists I realized that in order to sustain my art practice I would need a studio space. I needed kiln access and bench space and my little house in Sydney’s Inner West just wasn’t going to cut it.

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National Contemporary Jewellery Award at Metalab

Last week I managed to get along to the National Contemporary Jewellery Award 2012 finalist exhibition at Metalab and it was fantastic! The converted industrial space that Metalab is housed in, just off Crown Street in Surry Hills at 10b Fitzroy Place, is a hidden gem itself. With its polished concrete interior it creates a cool and reverent atmosphere for what almost feels like a temple of worship to the beautiful and brilliant pieces exhibited.

The contemporary works by the 23 finalists in the awards (Nina Baker, Julie Blyfield, Claire Brooks, Bin Dixon-Ward, Joungmee Do, Sian Edwards, Emma Fielden, Yuko Fujita, Kath Inglis, Bridget Kennedy, Vicki Mason, Leslie Matthews, Christopher Earl Milbourne, Sarah Murphy, Nicole Polentas, Brenda Ridgewell, Kaoru Rogers, Emily Snadden, Andrew Welch, Alice Whish, Amy Zubick, Pennie Jagiello and Helena Bogucki) are diverse and truly push the boundaries with design and execution of jewellery production.

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Nick Mount: Glass Opening & Talk

Cynthia Colli is Object’s new Project Manager for Exhibitions and Programs, and ‘cut her PM teeth’ with the seventh showing of Living Treasures: Masters Of Australian Craft series, honouring glass artist Nick Mount.

Hi there! I’m very happy to be writing my first blog post for Object Eye, and keen to turn all the fresh impressions I received from a great Opening Weekend into pixels so you can share in my joy. I am still on a endorphin high after the Opening Night event on Friday 7th Sept, and our Artists talk the following day; after all, there aren’t many workplaces where you get to spend the second month ‘anniversary’ of your job with a brilliant celebration, honouring one of Australia’s most iconic glass artists.

Like all the other fabulous firsts I’ve experienced over the past two months, this exhibition, Nick Mount: Glass (The Fabric Of Work), has been magnificent. For those of you who, like me, are ‘green’ to glassblowing, this exhibition is a real eye opener, showing you the sensual and paradoxical material that is glass.

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MONA — Theatre of the World

Sandra Brown is Object’s Touring Programs Coordinator, and a ceramicist in her spare time.

Well I finally got to go and see the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) down in Hobart while I was recently in Tasmania for work. Was it worth driving down from Launceston to Hobart?  Definitely! Although the day was bitterly cold with Arctic winds coming off the water, the museum was a warm and welcoming ‘womb like’ cavern, carved into a sandstone outcrop on the Derwent River.

Directed to the bottom level of the building, deep below the surface,  I stepped out and was immediately reminded of those dark, moody galleries found deep in the basement of the Louvre in Paris.  The soaring natural sandstone walls, a reminder of the massive excavation of this site, are a perfect foil for the lavish cocktail bar, furniture and black theatre style drapes. It is down here that one commences the MONA experience for both exhibitions currently on show – Mona-ism and Theatre of the World.

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