Event (Johnston Kitchens Joinery Shed)

I was fortunate enough to be invited to exhibit in the now-finished Blockwork Art and Design Exhibition. Sally Johnston is the curator of these quarterly pop-up exhibitions, which alternate in theme between Visual Arts and Design & Photography. They are held in several places in Toowoomba, often at the Johnston Kitchens Joinery Shed which is, well, a joinery shed.

Rodney Coutt’s furniture
I wondered how it was going to work, and was surprised at how well it did. I think the ties between form and function within many of the works themselves helped give them context within a functional, business-only area such as an industrial shed. I feel it was particularly suited to artists such as Geoffrey Allen, who focuses on building in the small scale and mathematical perfection within his works and Rodney Coutts, who submitted exceptionally beautiful pieces of bush furniture.

Geoffrey Allen’s The Thinking House


Fairy-ring 1, 2010-2011

The opening was classy, too. I got to talk about art, eat canapes, be stared at, and play my favourite game: Who’s Touching My Work?  I think the low setting stopped a lot of people from touching, but, setting Fairy-ring 1 about a foot above the ground perfectly facilitates childrens’ access to the work. That’s OK though. It’s mostly child and animal-proof, they all looked pretty adorable playing with it, and I pretended that they didn’t have feral, snotty little hands.

Fairy-ring 1 detail

To a certain extent, I think that the textile works such as Fairy-ring 1 were a discordant note in the exhibition, as the setting of the gallery, an industrial shed, was so very masculine. The saving grace is the use of rugs and quilts outside of the gallery. Their historical functional context prevented them from appearing totally dissimilar. Also, their femininity was then a balance for the smell of wood varnish and sawdust, the drills and half-completed counters.

Artist book by Catherine Rose
View of exhibition and joinery shed.

 That night, I also attended Made Creative Space‘s Exhibition 3. The event was costumed, and I did not bring my camera. Mistake.

About kellymarietheartist

I am an artist who, up until recently, was living and exhibiting within Toowoomba and the greater Granite Belt district. I have since packed up and left Australia, and am currently living and working in England. My work engages the craft involved in handmaking within a contemporary art context. I am drawn to the physicality of repetitive textile processes, and this is transcribed though the tactile quality of my forms. In particular, processes such as crochet, sewing and rug making serve as a proxy for growth within my personal environment. Many of my works imitate situations in nature, and they form organically as I create each individual piece, each addition both a continuation and re-enforcement of its predecessors. I enjoy using recycled materials for many of my works. Using crochet and other textile techniques to do this is an important part of my work as it celebrates a tradition of craft that has historically been relegated to 'women's work', with all the negative connotations that entails.
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