Thursday, March 6, 2014

Unveiling an Exhibition and Stitching a Panel

Fixation kicked off with a bang on Tuesday night - with a wonderful crowd and vibrant atmosphere. Happy faces, curious art lovers and lots of joyous conversation set the mood. The wonderful Jim Lee took some great images of the night and there's a whole album of photos available to view here.

Some of the crowd from opening night (images courtesy of Jim Lee Photo)
Featuring work in a variety of media and an international role-call of artists, Fixation provokes different ways of thinking about our relationship to our own bodies and the bodies of others through our use of and understanding of fashion and clothing. It also raises ideas around the representation of fashion in media as well as our craving for novelty and the trend of the moment.

An exciting aspect to the show is the community art project 'It's a Keeper' for which we have received dozens items of clothing and accessories for the installation. Set up like a retail fashion environment in Gallery 2, 'It's a Keeper' displays these items complete with swing tags which can scanned to access the stories behind the clothes and accessories. You can download QR scanners for free from your SmartPhone app store and gain a deeper insight into why people hang on to particular fashion items. And there's a wonderful documentary shot by Lachlan Campbell, in which you can hear the stories behind the clothes from the very people who have lent them for the show.

It's a Keeper (images courtesy of Jim Lee Photo)
You're encouraged to engage with the exhibition through photography, in particular, by taking a selfie in the gallery and hashtagging #fixationthg #selfiefixation. And while on the topic of selfies - we have a fantastic panel discussion lined up for Saturday 8 March on that very topic, as well as notions of narcissism in art and fashion. An incredible set of speakers have come on board - Darren Sylvester, Clem Bastow, Drew Pettifer and Janice Breen Burns. More details are available here but it goes from 1.00pm to 3.00pm and costs only $7 ($5 concession) which you can pay at the door!

Marion selfies in front of a performance piece by Alexander Batsis

Following on from the panel, at 3.00pm, we'll be launching the next exhibition at the Quest Hawthorn Community Project Wall. SimanKevicius presents a suite of dynamic, captivating meditations on the majesty of trees. Drawing exclusively from the many tree 'muse's of Boroondara, SimanKevicius photographs then digitally manipulates the images to produce work of optical intensity. The opening is catered (thanks to the generous support of our partner Quest Hawthorn) and the work is already proving to be very popular with visitors. 

We look forward to seeing you soon in the galleries!

1 comment:

Moon Doogas said...

Thank you to all who assisted in putting this show together and the great work in displaying it on the walls of the gallery. I have had some great feedback on the work and hopefully it will help explore some new boundries in my technique.
Many thanks to you Kent, Marion and Mardi.