ART MONTH SYDNEY 2016
THE CHARGED OBJECT
curators Felicity Martin & Paula do Prado
9 March - 9 April
Opening with artists on Wednesday 9 March from 6pm.
To be offically opened by artist, Jutta Feddersen.
Panel discussion to be chaired by Paula do Prado from 7pm at the opening.
SOFT VERSUS HARD - traditionally, hard sculptural materials are valued above the soft, is this changing? Is it still a veil for a feminine versus masculine value debate?
This exhibition explores the ‘aesthetics of touch’ and how the use of non-traditional and tactile materials become charged with meaning in the gallery environment. Artists have been incorporating soft sculpture as part of their oevre since the 1960’s with key provacatuers like American artist Claes Oldenberg and French artist Louise Bourgeois. There are a number of contemporary Australian artists, both indigenous and non-indigenous who are pushing the medium by integrating technology and traditional textile techniques such as sewing, knitting, crochet and weaving into their work. Materials such as fur,fabric and fibre embody intrinsic signifiers which are read and felt by their audience. The relationship to the body as metaphor and the way the viewers body engages with these soft materials, allows the artist to establish complex layers and narrative in their work.
The object feels. This is the great discovery that Claes Oldenburg has introduced to Modern Art. Oldenberg intertwines the organic and inorganic in his sculpture, conjoining human feeling and the physical properties of objects. These new feeling objects, presented as art, can no longer be under stood as detached and impersonal rather, they have been imbued with sensuality and sexuality.”
Celant, Germano (1995) ‘Claes Oldenburg and the Feeling of Things’, in Claes Oldenburg: an anthology, Claes Oldenburg, New York, N.Y. : Guggenheim Museum : Hardcover ed. distributed by Abrams, 1995: 13
Free Curators Talk – Feeling the Charged Object
When: Saturday, 12 March from 11.30am
Felicity Martin, curator will talk about the origins of soft sculpture and why artists started using materials of fibre and plastics, rather than the traditional stone, wood, bronze and steel. She will discuss the themes of the exhibition, the artists work and the messages and memories that are embedded in the myriad of materials and techniques of making soft sculptures. book here
Free Artist talk and toy making with Paula do Prado
When: Tuesday 5 April, 10:00am – 1:00pm
Paula do Prado is a Sydney based artist whose practice engages with textiles, photography, painting, objects and text. Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, do Prado emigrated to Australia in 1986. The core of her work explores identity in relation to questions of authenticity, privilege and belonging. Paula will discuss her work showing in the Charged Object Exhibition and afterwards she will run a short workshop on making soft sculptures and toys that can be used to tell your own personal stories. book here
Storytelling with your iPad or iphone
When: Friday 8 April, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Are you interested in learning how to use the movie function on your iPad or Smartphone to make short movies? In this interactive workshop you will work with an expert film maker, Peter James Dunlop and local students to learn how to utilise the existing movie function on your iPad or Smartphone. This is an opportunity for you to develop skills in filming, simple editing techniques, downloading apps and uploading videos onto YouTube.
Run as part of the Charged Object exhibition, you will also see how artists are using video and performance to tell their stories, particularly those from the Yarrenyty Arltere Learning Centre, Larrapinta Valley, Alice Springs, an Indigenous community of artists in the Northern Territory, Little Dingi (2012) and Antanette and Tom (2010) Sorry this course is full
Grandparents and grandchildren soft sculpture and toys workshop
Session 1: Wednesday 13 April , 10.30am - 12.30pm
Session 2: 1.30pm - 3.30pm
Bring your grandchildren along and be part of an exciting community project that is inspired by Gallery Lane Cove’s The Charged Object Exhibition. Using simple sculpture techniques you will make a piece to contribute to our community art installation and make ones to take home. Be part of a fun community art project. Learn and teach new techniques with and to your grandchildren book here