22 April to 27 May 2017

Melbourne, Australia: Craft announces the first exhibitions taking place as part of its new Emerging Makers and Curators Program. In the first year of this program, Craft will host two concurrent exhibitions: Slice of Life, a group exhibition curated by Sophia Cai and Sun Room, a solo show by artist Tessy King curated by Jade Bitar.

The Emerging Makers and Curators initiative has been designed to showcase the work of exciting new talent to a wider audience. It provides key professional development opportunities, acting as a vital stepping stone for emerging makers and curators supported by the expertise and profile of Craft. Following an open call for expressions of interest, the final selection of artists and curators was made by an advisory group of external experts including artist Kate Rohde.

Slice of Life is a group exhibition curated by Sophia Cai that examines a contemporary approach to everyday objects and still lifes through craft-based practices. The exhibition will feature works by Mechelle Bounpraseuth, Julie Burleigh, Scott Duncan, Phil Ferguson (Chili Philly), Katie Jacobs, Josephine Mead, Tricia Page, and Cat Rabbit. The artists work across diverse mediums including ceramics, textiles and jewellery to playfully depict natural and man-made objects to create familiar scenes from unexpected materials. This focus on ordinary scenes told through handcrafted works highlights the inspirations found in the everyday, and re-imagines our personal relationship to objects, history and nature.

Sun Room is a solo exhibition in which artist Tessy King displays a selection of artwork that considers the meaning and value attached to the ceramic vessel. With a playful nod to the practice of displaying one’s prized objects, this exhibition subverts notions of priceless craft and preciousness. Curated by Jade Bitar, Sun Room remarks on the status of clay making by referencing past incarnations of ceramic objects in antiquity and domestic wares. Contemporary appropriation associated with cultural cringe is deconstructed while emphasizing the ceramic vessel’s historic prevalence. The artist’s hand is visible in every decision made in the construction, which results in a haptic yet perfectly defined and purposeful result. A recent RMIT graduate, King’s original and confident approach in her practice has made her one to watch in contemporary craft. King has exhibited regularly both nationally and internationally.

Slice of Life and Sun Room will be on view from 22 April to 27 May at Craft, 31 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Australia. The exhibition launch will be held on Saturday 29 April from 4–6pm, and will feature a public performance by artist Chili Philly.

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Image Credits:
Mechelle Bounpraseuth, Pizza Face, 2016, glazed earthenware, 3x29 x29cm. Photograph by Robin Hearfield.
Tessy King, Sun Room (Rainbow Vessel), 2016, glazed stoneware, lustre, granite, steel, turmeric dyed calico, dimensions variable