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Lola Greeno Opens at Dubbo

Lola Greeno: Cultural Jewels, the 8th Living Treasure touring exhibition is now open at the Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo from 18th April through to 28th June 2015.

The official opening will be on Saturday 1 May with Lola in attendance where she will also be doing a workshop and talk.

Object’s director Steve Pozel will open the exhibition, continuing our close relationship with WPCC.

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Go West

The fantastic Western Plains Cultural Centre at Dubbo has long been a popular gallery for Object’s touring exhibitions, and the latest that I am up here installing this week is Lola Greeno: Cultural Jewels exhibition; the eighth in our Living Treasures series.

It is exciting to see how quickly crates, pallets of boxes and piles of legs can turn into a beautiful display.

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Lola Greeno Honoured

Living Treasure, Lola Greeno has just been named among 26 new entries to the Tasmanian Honour Roll of Women.

After being recognised for her distinguished career spanning 30 years, Lola said that she was ‘‘pleased to be appreciated and I want this to inform my children and my next generation as well.’’

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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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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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Touring Tasmania With Lola

Well here I am in Flinders Island standing atop Vinegar Hill looking out over Franklin Sound to Cape Barren Island, Big Dog Island and the Pot Boiler at the entrance of the sound – places that Lola Greeno, our 8th Living Treasure talks about in her monograph Lola Greeno: Cultural Jewels. Finders Island is a remarkable place situated in Bass Strait off the North Eastern tip of Tasmania. The weather is quite remarkable, not cold or wind blown this time of the year – more Mediterranean in climate.

What am I doing here? Well this is the traditional home of our Living Treasure Lola Greeno, and Julie Gough and I have accompanied Lola and her husband Rex back here to capture images - both on film and photographs - of Lola collecting shells from some of the beaches; but more importantly to record the harvesting of the rare and endangered maireener shells particular to the Furneaux Islands.

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The Making Of A Publication

Ever wondered what it takes to get fabulous shots of works for our publications? I have just come back from the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston where I have been overseeing the photography of works for the Lola Greeno: Cultural Jewels monograph and exhibition. Over three long days the museum’s fabulous photographer, John Leeming, has been photographing an amazing collection of shell necklaces and contemporary works made by our eighth Living Treasure, Indigenous shell necklace artist, Lola Greeno. My role was to work out how we would photograph the necklaces in a creative way that would show the patterning, shell details and diversity of the works. In the past these long shell necklaces have been photographed in more museum style - round circles. What our designer Stephen Goddard and I wanted was something different – a fresh approach to recording this amazing collection.

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Welcome To The 2nd International Triennale of Kogei (Craft)

The 2nd International Triennale of Kogei (Craft) opened at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art on Saturday in Kanazawa. A formal opening ceremony (with Object’s Director, Steven Pozel, doing the honours on the ribbon cutting) was followed by a private viewing for guests of the four country exhibitions. 

The day did not end there. Following the curators’ lunch, there were floor talks by curators and artists and thankfully my Japanese was up to the task (at least the beginning and end ably translated for me prior to the trip by Kathryn Hunyor, Object’s Head of Creative Programs). Danie Mellor spoke about his work, Native Gold and contributed his considerable knowledge of Australian Indigenous art.

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Shell Collecting On The Rocky Shores Of Northern Tasmania With Lola Greeno

I’m currently on my way back to Launceston with Lola Greeno, after a research and shell-collecting excursion to the coastal north of Tasmania near Weymouth.

Lola wanted me to experience what is involved in collecting some of the smaller shells that wash up along the rocky outcrops. We searched and collected a variety of small to minute shells such as oat, black crows, gull and kelp shells.

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Object magazine 62 — Lola Greeno

In late 2011, Object announced the next two recipients of the Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft honour, which has shifted to being a biennial event, with alternating years seeing an exhibition centred around a particular craft medium.

With Nick Mount taking the 2012 honour, 2014 will see Lola Greeno, an Aboriginal shell worker based in Launceston, open her Living Treasures exhibiton. With a career spanning over thirty years, Greeno is one of the most well-respected shell workers practicing in Australia.

Taking her cues from nature and history, and using the landscape as her studio as much as any dedicated space, Greeno herself was only inspired later in life, when she recognised how important the practice was to her culture and her heritage. Upon this realisation, she set about learning as much as she could from her mother, ensuring not only shell-work but family history remained intact.

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