24 September to 6 November 2014
Guest Curator: Olivia Meehan
Exhibition Concept: Clare Belfrage
An exhibition of curious and exquisite light works and lighting features by artists including Brian Corr, Ben Edols and Kathy Elliott, Nick Wirdnam and Jeff Zimmer. Known for their sensitivity and innovation in working with glass and light and exploring the powerful relationship between alchemic materials and luminous energy.
Exhibition Opening: Wednesday, 1 October at 6pm
Gallery Talk: Saturday, 4 October at 2pm
Acting Artistic Director’s update:
Absorb was opened on 1 October by ABC journalist and Canberra personality Siobhan Heanue. Siobhan, who has long promoted the arts of this region, has a longstanding interest in cultural production and her opening remarks displayed her sensitivity to glass and her love of the Canberra Glassworks. The exhibition has been curated by Dr Olivia Meehan working with an original concept by Clare Belfrage. It includes pieces by Canberra Glassworks artist Brian Corr as well as Ben Edols & Kathy Elliott, Nick Wirdnam and Jeff Zimmer. Jeff is a special international guest and the current Stephen Proctor Fellow in the glass workshop at the Australian National University. About her approach to the exhibition Olivia has written:
‘When we consider an object’s luminosity; we might ask does it emanate from within or does it rely on an external source to make it shine? The exhibition Absorb seeks to explore some of these ideas, and more, through the lustrous medium of glass. It invites an imaginative approach to the normal assumptions about interiors and darkness.’
Olivia has created a meditative exhibition which invites visitors to contemplate the form and potential meaning of each work as an object in space, yet also asks us to consider each piece in relation to the broader exhibition ideas. She has included a sound installation which visitors encounter as the link between the main space and the smoke stack gallery. Thus the exhibition facilitates a perhaps unexpected, imaginative, poetic and multi-sensory experience. It is a wonderful juxtaposition to the energy of collaborative making in the hotshop, or of the bustle of visitors through the foyer. The quiet transformative magic of the exhibition awaits those who prepared to enter into this space with their eyes, ears and heart open.
Acting Artistic Director
Read the Canberra Times feature by Sally Pryor here:
12 November 2014 to 25 January 2015
Curator: Magda Keaney
Since ancient times glass has been used for functional purposes to create products used as both solutions to practical problems as well as exquisite technical and aesthetic objects. In our contemporary world the potential for innovation and creativity through the synergy of glass and design is an exciting and dynamic direction for practitioners from both fields that could include paradigm shifting new approaches to architecture, science, adornment and the boundaries of form and function in everyday life.
With this in mind we have asked designers and glass artists to work in pairs joining intellect and skills to collaboratively produce a new product or suite of works. The brief will be open with the single practical direction given to keep their work small in physical scale. This cross disciplinary exhibition will include both established and emerging designers and glass artists from across Australia.
Artists include: Nadege Desgenetez X Tom Skeehan, Kristel Britcher X Gilbert Riedelbauch, Lisa Cahill X Chris Hardy, Cobi Cockburn X Rob Foster, George Agius X Jason Bird, Ruth Allen X Dan Lorrimer/Mitchell Brooks, Blanche Tilden X Erin Hinton, Kumiko Nakajima X John Quan
Exhibition Opening: Thursday, 20 November at 6pm
Gallery Floor Talk: Saturday 22 November at 2pm
This project is part of Design Canberra. For further information on the Design Canberra program, visit www.events.craftact.org.au/design-canberra