Thursday, November 27, 2014

The Apron, Beneath the Skin, on tour

The group exhibition my tea bag apron features in The Apron Beneath the Skin, opened at the Gympie Regional Gallery last weekend.  It's second showing thus far. I believe it's of great benefit to have an exhibition go on tour, not only for the artist themselves (for additional exposure) but for the wider community abroad, particularly for regional audiences.

The opening was very well received, unfortunately I have no photographs of the opening,  I didn’t have my camera with me, nor my iphone – so you will just have to take my word for it!   However, I do have photographs of artworks from the Brisbane display, I can share with you.

 The Apron ‘Beneath the Skin’ is a collaborative exhibition featuring the Apron as the garment with the capacity for individual and universal story-telling.  Curated by Heinke Butt and is on display until 17 December, in case you're interested in seeing it.

Your invitation...

Traditional Aprons include (signature image on invitation above), Kirdi Beaded Apron, Kirdi people, Cameroon Africa. Late 19th Century. Crafted with glass beads, cotton thread and cowrie shells.  Among other traditional aprons (not complete)... work by women of the Karungkarni Art and Culture Aboriginal Corporation depicting the untold stories of Aboriginal women working in domestic homes in the early 20th century - collection of eight aprons, five pictured - each with individual titles and artists.

Referencing tradition, mixed media piece, including; vintage calico, fabric remnants, photo transfers, lino-cut prints, horse shoe, broom handle, buttons, pins, pegs, wool, needles and recipes - apron detail; Teller of Tales, Keeper of Memories by Glenis Gray.

There are also contemporary interpretations of the apron and created with unconventional materials... like Heinke's piece entitled "Am I Clean?" made of pot scourers, chicken wire and wire.

One of three aprons, Corrie Wright utilises everyday materials. "Every day is tough"  sewn empty pill packets.

"Knitted Copper Wire Apron" by Christopher Hardwick.

Elli Schlunke's piece entitled "Why're We Wired Thus" has also knitted with unconventional materials, electrical phone cords!

This visual feast is just a snippet of artworks on show, there are many other artists and artworks to see, and of course my piece, Pinny is in there too!

My previous apron post for anoyone interested into the making of my apron J