Lacebook is a new group exhibition showcasing leading contemporary artists from Western Sydney, who have worked with local artists from the Auburn community to produce artworks that address meaningful relationships between the realm of time and labour intensive hand crafted objects.
John's Puzzles by John Maxwell
Curated by Nicole Barakat, this unique exhibition is now open at the Peacock Gallery until 4 May 2014, and investigates intersections between traditional craft practices and modern technology.
Nicole elaborates "Lacebook offers an opportunity to cross into new, unfamiliar territory, whether it be related to traditional crafts or digital technology. It is a chance for us to rethink what we know and discover new ways of perceiving our world."
The displayed artworks include a diverse range of traditional crafts, such as embroidery, knitting and woodwork, with each piece addressing one's relationship with social media, digital devices and fast moving technology. Other modern themes explored include current trends and concerns around privacy, labour conditions, cyber-bullying, social engagement as well as major shifts in the way we communicate.
BOT (Before Our Time) by John Kha
This eclectic exhibition features works by Liam Benson, Zarina Haffejee, Shirley Jenkins, John Kha, Naomi Oliver, Jacqueline Olivetti, John Maxwell (Regents Park Men's Shed), Bronwyn Rhodes, Lesley Richman, Michelle Tran and the Auburn West Public School Afghan Parents' Group.
Nicole notes "The artists in Lacebook bring traditional craft practice to the forefront as a significant medium through which one can observe, question and unpick our relationships with social media, digital devices and fast moving technologies."
Touch screen by Liam Benson
Lacebook is also complemented with a range of special events, include workshops, artist talks and a Youth Week poetry workshop.
For more information on Lacebook, please visit the Peacock Gallery website.
Entry to the exhibition is free.
All images copyright the artists / Courtesy Peacock Gallery