Sunday, 21 February 2010

The Crafter's Way 126 - Tour de Force AND The Fifth Kingdom

Here is this week's Messenger column.

In Case of Emergency

Artisan is kicking off its 2010 calendar of exhibitions with the opening of Tour de Force and The Fifth Kingdom on the 11th of February.

The Fifth Kingdom is inspired by Mycology or the study of fungi. The artist, Michelle Kelly, is drawn to the multiple intricacies and the way fungi grow. Michelle states “exploring size, form, colour and movement gives my practice many layers just like the growth of fungi.”Michelle’s aim is to be inspired in the creation of these works of art rather than to imitate the natural forms. Michelle’s work can be found in artisan’s Crucible space from 11th February – 3 April.

The exhibition, Tour De Force: in case of emergency break glass, arose out of desire to bring studio glass to attention. The exhibition features new works of eight highly skilled Australia artists renowned in their field. All the works challenge the traditional ideas, methods, and materials of glass making. All the works are infused with elements of performance art, multimedia, installation, drawing, painting and sculpting.

Tom Moore uses traditional and innovative glass techniques to breathe life into his eccentric hybrid specimens. Though Tom’s inventive creatures are mostly friendly, he addresses darker issues such as nature vs. industry in his dreamscape dioramas.

Timothy Horn’s work focuses on the meeting point between the natural and constructed
worlds. Much of his work has drawn extensively from the sphere of decorative arts. . Horn’s work has featured recently in exhibitions at the Andy Warhol Museum in

Pittsburgh, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, GoMA, Brisbane, and the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

See these artists’ work (and more) at artisan from the 11th February to 17th April. There is a free Curator and Artist talk on the 12th February 12noon – 1pm. RSVP to

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