21 August – 7 September , 2013
Kraftwerk: Ohm Sweet Ohm
John Brooks, Tessa Carapic, Sophie Gearon, Bill Noonan
In a climate where the deskilling of the artist prevails, a perceived disconnection between thinking and making has driven four artists to explore the emphasis on craftsmanship within their collective practices. In an attempt to encourage the reintegration of craft processes and craftsmanship into art practice, a range of seemingly functional or decorative, hand crafted artisanal objects will come together to emulate a domestic environment, blurring the boundaries between public and private space. Ranging from more traditional methods of making, passed down from an experienced teacher, to self-taught techniques using unconventional materials, each artist uses their medium (including, but not limited to carpentry, weaving and macramé) to articulate cultural commentaries from absurdist consumer culture to domesticity, emphasising the interconnectivity of seemingly disparate processes which have fallen into the same category.
Image credit: Bill Noonan, Minimum Chips, 2013, Cardboard, ultrasonic water bath, fluoro batten, wire, screws.