Unconstrained Textiles: Stitching Methods, Crossing Ideas

Centre for Heritage Arts and Textiles

3 March - 26 July 2020

 

Unconstrained Textiles: Stitching Methods, Crossing Ideas is an exhibition which proposes an alternative way of learning about textile(s) and art in the form of an open-ended patchwork. It aims to present a broader possibility of textile materials, subject matters and techniques through diverse practices by 7 prominent contemporary artists. The artists in the exhibition do not identify as textile artists whose works focus on the tactile materiality of textile(s), evolving colours, forms and patterns, rather, they discover textile materials, subject matters and techniques almost through their artistic experiments, deploying them for their respective artistic concerns and goals.

As a defined category or artistic genre, textile art has been discussed in relation to craft, design and gendered, often female, works, adding to the ongoing scholarship on interdisciplinary studies and  critical discourses in fine art. In the longstanding tradition of textile art, its rigid categorical classification is inevitable and which has sometimes hindered textile element from coming into prominence in non-textile art.

The intention of Unconstrained Textiles: Stitching Methods, Crossing Ideas is not to subvert the taxonomical classification of and the accumulated discussions on textile art, but to propose room for new ways of thinking about textile(s) and to broaden the discussion of textile’s contribution to art in general by examining contemporary artworks through a textile lens. To honour each of the 7 featured artists and their respective artistic practices, and to offer visitors the space to contemplate on their individual explorations of textile(s), this exhibition is designed to provide sufficient space for all artists so that they can present their body of works realised by their tireless artistic exercises.

Extracting diverse textile elements from the exhibited artworks, the whole exhibition forms a kind of patchwork, stitching together pieces of fabric with different colours and textures. The exhibited works show myriad artistic adaptations of textile(s) to accomplish aesthetic, experimental and political objectives. Byron Kim and Kato Izumi employ textile techniques such as dyeing and stitching to achieve their envisioned colours, forms and textual surfaces whilst Ham Kyungah commissioned fine embroidery made by North Korean artisans to show her political concerns, specifically on the broken communication between South and North Korea. Bi Rongrong plays with the resemblances between architectural features and textile patterns, applying them to her carpet, hanging and video works. David Medalla offers a scroll of fabric as a participatory platform, inviting visitors to either embroider or stitch their personal souvenirs or stories to the fabric to incorporate their microcosmic personal visions into the penultimate collective sculpture. Reflecting and responding to labourers’ painful experiences in factories and questioning the boundary between human and machine, Kawita Vatanajyankur transforms her body into machines, mimicking the mechanical movements that take place in textile industrial processes. Samson Young uses whimsical fabrics and custom-made costumes as a significant component to achieve his ideal aesthetic quality as well as a visual language to illustrate his artistic vision in his performances and installations.

Curator
Takahashi Mizuki

 

 

Bruised: Art, Action and Ecology in Asia

RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2 April – 1 June 2019

 

When it comes to ways in which artists address ecological issues, actions can be big or small – it's the action that is important however subtle. 

In the face of complex environmental problems Bruised: Art Action and Ecology in Asia examines how artistic response combined with gentle activism can result in a rich legacy and empower further actions in the community.

Bruised: Art Action and Ecology in Asia is part of the Climarte Festival, 12 April – 1 June 2019 

Artists: Arahmaiani, Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan, Marnie Badham, Made Bayak, Yu Fang Chi, Ryoko Kose, Pradyumna Kumar, Pushpa Kumari, Armin Linke, Ly Hoang Ly, James Nguyen, Elia Nurvista, Sherman Ong, Sarker Protick, Fitri Ranatarya, Mandy Ridley, Khvay Samnang, Lizzy Simpson, Manit Sriwanichpoom, Kawita Vatanajyankur, Tintin Wulia, Bo Zheng (Zheng Bo).

 

 

 

Pioneer in Video Art 

Thailand, Slovenia, Norway Since 1980 

Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre

9 May - 29 June 2019

8th Floor 

 

The video exhibition entitled “Pioneer in Video Art from Thailand, Slovenia, Norway Since 1980" compares and contrasts art styles prevalent in South East Asia, Europe and Scandinavia using material produced by artists from Thailand, Slovenia and Norway. The works represent examples of single screen video and video installations.
 
The history of humankind can be chronicled by the Art they have produced. Art is basic to human existence. All man's creations showcase the Art of the period. The internet revolution has created a World awash in video art with people all over the planet daily bombarded by multimedia on both their desktop and mobile devices. The progression of technology, especially advances in speed and transmission of enormous files, has made a deep impact to people's daily life. A foundation of education is an important requirement towards developing a country.
 
This is the mission of the Fine Art Department, Architecture Faculty at King Mongkut’s institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL). We strive to increase knowledge base through expansion of our curriculum. Joint programs conducted with international Art faculties will allow us to achieve this goal. The exhibition will highlight different cultural perceptions through a common medium of video art focusing on themes such as life, love and politics. After a run in Thailand, the exhibition will move to both Slovenia and Norway.
 
Curated by Komson Nookiew, Miha T. Horvat and David Rych

The exhibition organized by Exhibition Department, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre and Komson Nookiew, Fine Art Department, Architecture Faculty at King Mongkut’s institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL) with support from Ustanova Fundacija Sonda, all the artists and the video works from the Video Art Collection - UGM Maribor Art Gallery

 

 

In Her Words

Horsham Regional Art Gallery

Horsham, Australia

 

 

 

In Her Words is an exhibition that celebrates image making that is dictated by women, both behind and in-front of the camera. The exhibition is curated by Olivia Poloni and will open at Horsham Regional Art Gallery on Saturday 2nd March and run until Sunday 19th May.

The debut exhibition brings together Horsham Regional Art Gallery Collection works, that range from the 1970s to current day, and exhibits them alongside a number of key practitioners in the contemporary field including Melbourne artists Honey Long and Prue Stent. The exhibition features the works of 27 artists who use the lens as a tool to record the personal and universal world around us.

In 1975 feminist critic Laura Mulvey coined the term ‘the male gaze’ to describe the ways in which women are objectified on camera when a man is behind the lens. In 2016 at the Toronto International Film Festival, Jill Soloway in her keynote address, explored ‘the female gaze’ in film. She considered works that have women behind the lens, women in front of the lens and women spectating.

In Her Words explores the female gaze through the works presented within the themes of migration, queer culture, aboriginality, youth and childhood, the body, domesticity, place, identity and female repression. Through these images the photographers make bold statements about the societies in which they live and work.

This project has been assisted by NETS Victoria’s Exhibitions Development Fund, supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

Exhibition opening: Friday 1st March, 6pm

Artists:

Anne Ferran, Carol Jerrems, Cherine Fahd, Clare Rae, Deborah Paauwe, Eliza Hutchison, Fiona Foley, Hoda Afshar, Honey Long and Prue Stent, Janina Green, Jill Orr, Joyce Evans, Julie Rrap, Karla Dickens, Kawita Vatanajyankur, Kirsten Lyttle, Leah King Smith, Linsey Gosper, Pat Brassington, Polixeni Papapetrou, Polly Borland, Ponch Hawkes, Sandy Edwards, Simon Slee, Tracey Moffat, Zoe Croggon.