Curated by Sophia Cai & Caitlin Shearer
Featuring artists John Brooks (VIC), Tara Burke (NSW), Rachael McCallum (NSW), Belinda Evans (VIC), Luke Maninov Hammond (QLD), Niamh Minogue (VIC), Zhu Ohmu (VIC), Yoko Ozawa (VIC), Robyn Phelan (VIC), Gina Rockenwagner (USA), Elise Sheehan (VIC), Cassandra Smith (VIC), Charlotte Watson (VIC/NZ)
Wonky is a group exhibition inspired by the principles of wabi-sabi – a Japanese aesthetic philosophy that celebrates the imperfect and the transient. Taking this idea as a starting point, Wonky is an exhibition that examines unpredictability and impermanence, both in art and in life.
Wonky features 13 Australian and international artists working across diverse mediums including ceramics, drawing, sculpture, jewellery and textiles. While some artists take direct inspiration from Japanese art, others approach the topic in their own idiosyncratic way. Together, their works acknowledge the uncontrollable forces of nature and the unpredictable nature of ‘making’.
Exhibition dates: July 14 – 24, Thursday – Sunday 11am to 5pm. Opening July 14, 6-8 pm
Gallery: Tinning Street Presents, Lot 5/29 Tinning St, Brunswick, VIC 3056 (http://www.tinningstreetpresents.com)
Free Public Programs
Artist Talks, Saturday July 16, 2pm
Please join the curators for a discussion with artists Zhu Ohmu, Robyn Phelan and Luke Maninov Hammond on the theme of wabi-sabi as it relates to their artistic practice.
Meditation Session, Friday July 22, 10am
Artist Charlotte Watson will lead a meditation session in the gallery space, focusing on relaxation and sensation. No prior experience necessary.
Nature Walk & Performance, Sunday July 24, from 2pm
To close the exhibition, please join Cassandra Smith & John Brooks for an artist-led nature walk, commencing at the gallery.
Later, come back to the gallery for a closing performance piece by artist Rachael McCallum, Wreckt. Green tea will be served.
Sarah McNeil of ROOM PRESS will produce a limited edition risograph printed catalogue to commemorate and celebrate the exhibition and the contributing artists – it will be a souvenir of the exhibition and an artwork in its own right. Risograph printing lends itself to the theme of wonky with its natural idiosyncrasies and handcrafted vibes.