It's good to be BAD at the inaugural BRISBANE ART DESIGN exhibition [BAD], presented by Museum of Brisbane (fondly called MoB). BAD is a free major exhibition celebrating visual art and design and reveals our beautiful city's creative talent. The exhibition includes installations, Open Studios, art tours, workshops and talks. It is on until 11 August and features established and emerging artists experimenting across a range of media including robotics interactive art, video, installation, ceramics, jewellery and painting.
Mob's Director, Renai Grace, said that BAD showcases the artists and designers of Brisbane; those who have made their careers from the city, as well as those who have their homes elsewhere but continue to be influenced by Brisvegas. "For too long, Brisbane has quietly cherished our extraordinary community of artists and designers, many of whom have well established national and international careers. BAD is going to shout our success to the world, and, even more importantly, reveal these amazing individuals and their work to all of Brisbane. We want to push the boundaries of people's understanding of art and design, challenge their perceptions and directly engage them in conversations about the role of art and design in society, and sometimes in the making itself. BAD will revel in the joy, wonder, curiosity and conversation that goes hand-in-hand with cutting edge contemporary art and design."
Sallyanne Atkinson OA, Chairman of MoB (and former Lord Mayor of Brisbane) said, "BAD has nothing to do with moral standards of course!" In fact, it's poetry in motion and beauty. Brisneyland really is a cultured and artistic place so come and explore the Brisbane aesthetic and cultural identity. Creative people from different disciplines have collaborated and shared to bring you lively imagery and experiences.
MoB is a champion of the art and design scene and has commissioned 14 significant new works which profile some of our brightest names in the art and design sector. Some of the exciting new works are by Richard Bell, Justene Williams, Craig & Karl, Susan Hawkins, Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan, Dale Harding, Alexander Lotersztain and Bridie Gillman to mention just a few. Here are some of my sweet favourites.
1. Susan Hawkins Her installation of chair legs uses sensors to create spindle movement in her giant sculpture. She uses reclaimed furniture which she recycles and upcycles in her own personal war against waste. She glues back own life together via kerbside collections.
2. Nicolette Johnson She is an accomplished and ceramicist. Her work is painstaking - she put all the protrusions her sculptures on by hand. There are 592 on just one item! She draws her inspiration from centuries of craft and the design process.
3. Sam Watson Sam is an aboriginal elder and activist, as well as an artist.
4. Dave Hullfish Bailey He lives in Los Angeles but believes there are no international borders. he is known for his public collaborations, such as the Maiwar project with Sam Watson. You may have seen the images on the CityCats. He is an advocate for significant sites of aboriginal importance.
5. Dale Harding
His art and carvings, direct into walls of the museum, have a common theme which is trees. He also collected resin and blew it with amazing results. He is into sharing the system of knowledge.
6. Richard Bell I am a great fan of this "activist who is masquerading as an artist" (his words). His appropriation of art and text is striking (excuse the pun), such as his painting "Empire Strikes Black". His art is both political and humorous. "This is Aboriginal" painting was auctioned for the Aboriginal Tent Embassy Project. He is just fresh back from the prestigious Venice Art Biennale.
Richard Bell (image by May Cross)
7. Lindy Lee This impressive artist produces impressive works. I love her Molten Bronze (and other media) which was a collaboration with Urban Art foundry (UA).
8. Alex Bridie
Check out this Brisbane designer's quartz chair "painted" in powder coating - a geometric collaboration with De Lotte studio.
9. "Foto Echo"
I found this installation an incredible experience. Personal stories, emphasising empathy and connections, are chosen. Then the photo booth photos of you are blended with the storyteller's image. I don't often use the term "powerful" when describing art, but this was the epitome of it. The woman who entered the booth before me, exited looking positively shell shocked. Warning: Not for the faint-hearted, nor under 15s.
10. Elizabeth Shore
She is a Brisbane jeweller works with reclaimed objects e.g. peg from a cello, found mini bottle and silver, pair of pliers, etc. Her theme is functionality versus waste. View mundane objects without a use – brought back to life. I was green with envy that I didn't create these little gems.
11. Lights Luxe "HUSQUE"
These contemporary lights are made from south-east Queensland macadamia husks. They are the only ones in the world using these raw materials from waste shells, transformed into functional designer objects. Look for their stunning bowls in the MoB shop.
Also worth seeing is the Interactive end room, where you can draw on the wall and create your own animation. You may also like the Cinema Swarm room – where a robot camera films in different directorial styles. For more information see MoB's official website. or the BAD website.