Don't miss your chance to get engaged, challenged, and be delighted by the touring exhibition of UK's National Centre for Craft & Design. Curated by Professor Norman Cherry of the University of Lincoln, the exhibition is currently in the Sydney leg of its Australian tour.
Transplantation: a sense of place and culture, is currently on exhibit at the Macquarie University Art Gallery.
Dubbed Transplantation: a sense of place and culture, the exhibition features the works of 12 carefully selected contemporary Australian and British jewellery artists that explore and articulate on personal experience of cultural, familial, and artistic transplantation of one sort or another. As a result, there is gathered under one roof a collection of powerful, engaging, and thought-provoking jewellery pieces, upon which each of us can readily relate to and seriously reflect on. Everyone in Australia, after all, except perhaps for the original stewards of the land, are from a family of migrants, transplanted from elsewhere.
Jewellery transcends that being a symbol of status and wealth in Transplantation.
Through the exhibit, people are invited to think about their own cultural sense of place, and perhaps re-evaluate it. The exhibit exposes jewelleries from another angle, not just as wearable decor or something to match the outfit for the day or as an indicator of status and wealth, but rather as an eminently portable and wearable artform with a rich story behind it of people and history, a piece of art that is pregnant with metaphors.
The body of this creature is taken from an old biscuit tin which depict an English nobleman in his finery. Anna Davern has exchanged the body elements to suggest that this character inhabit an alternative colonial dimension where roles are reversed, merged, and transgressed: hunter is hunted, colonialist becomes native, and being civilised is questioned.
The exhibition is hosted by Macquarie University in North Ryde, which is next door to the train station and the bus interchange. Free and open to the public, the exhibition will run from 10 February to 7 March 2014 at the Macquarie University Art Gallery. It will be on display for an additional period at the exhibition space of the Macquarie University Library from 12 March to 11 April 2014.
Each piece of jewellery, made of plastic or precious metal, has its own story, just like each one of us. What is yours?
Transplantation: a sense of place and culture features the work of contemporary artists Jivan Astfalck (UK), Roseanne Bartley (AU), Nicholas Bastin (AU), Norman Cherry (UK), Lin Cheung (UK), Jack Cunningham (UK), Anna Davern (AU), Joungmee Do (AU), Sheridan Kennedy (AU), Bridie Lander (UK/AU), Jo Pond (UK), and Laura Potter (UK).
Made of wood, silver, shell and plastic, this piece by Jack Cunningham reflects on and celebrates the exotic nature of the environment of the southern hemisphere.