Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Crumbling Ecologies Exhibition Opening

Tomorrow is the long awaited opening of Crumbling Ecologies.... and your all invited!!

Exhibition Opening - 6 - 8pm, Thursday April 26, Craft Victoria - 31 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

You may have heard about the project on the street... in the studio.... in the Age today, or even this months in Vogue - the Crumbling Ecologies Project has arrived! The exhibition is being opened by the legendary Grace Cochrane, former Senior Curator at Powerhouse Museum Sydney.

a little more on the project to date...

Crumbling Ecologies interrogates the impact of the economic climate on both environmental conservation and arts education in Melbourne. In times of economic crisis both art and conservation funding is cut, raising questions on their value to culture and society. A response to the ongoing threatened closure of many media specific courses across Victoria, the works examine the relevancy of these materials within contemporary arts practice and the impact the loss of educators will have on Melbourne’s artistic culture.

The central work in the exhibition Crumbling Ecology, features thousands of hand made geranium leaves that on closer inspection appear on the brink of crumbling, embodying the story of their makers- the artists directly impacted. Geraniums signify the economic impact on the ecological equilibrium and the importance of preserving craft as a diverse form of contemporary arts practice within Victoria.

The collaborative installation of over 35,000 hand-cast porcelain geraniums has been made by practicing artist and teachers who wish to comment on how the closure of Melbourne’s craft studios will impact their future careers and the status of Australian made, hand crafted ceramics on a national scale. Currently over 100 artists have been involved in the project from Melbourne, Regional Victoria and NSW...

to read more on the project go to - http://www.crumblingecologies.blogspot.com.au

1 comment:

  1. Thanks Jasmine - you were a step ahead and had posted them - they are truly beautiful - well done!! Cheers~