CONCRETE FABRIC

26.11.2019 - 16.02.2020

Glass Cube Gallery, Frankston Arts Centre

27-37 Daveys Street, Frankston AU

https://www.mcclellandgallery.com/

 

Concrete Fabric is a satelite installation created as part of the exhibition Haus Werk: The Bauhaus in Contemporary Art at the McCLelland Sculpture Park+Gallery. Curated by Jane O'Neill with Simon Lawrie, Haus Werk forms part of the official 100jahrebauhaus program of events that celebrates the centenary of the Bauhaus in 2019. Including Australian and international contemporary artists and performers, Haus Werk affirms the relevance of methods first grounded in the Bauhaus, and explores the way these concepts have new applications across different locations and times.

 

Given the provisions of the unique Glass Cube at the Frankston Arts Centre I created a large-scale architectural weaving titled Concrete Fabric. This work consists of sheets of metal mesh, typically used for laying cement, covered in woven wool, which approaches the Bauhaus’ architectural principles from a weaver’s sensibilities, utilising industrial materials and maintaining an exposure of their raw qualities.

Concrete Fabric 2019

Reinforced metal mesh and wool

8 x 1.8 m
Photo Christian Capurro 

BREAD + GAMES
22.08.2019 - 13.09.2019

Gallery Boot

328 Napier Street, Fitzroy AU
 

 

Grid IV 2019

Baking rack and wool

45 x 35 cm
Photo Christo Crocker 

Grid V 2019

Baking rack and wool

40 x 26 cm
Photo Christo Crocker 

Concrete Fabric 2019

Industrialised metal mesh and wool

4 x 1.8 m
Photo Christo Crocker 

HANDHELD JUNCTURE

JORDAN MITCHELL-FLETCHER + JACQUELINE STOJANOVIC

29.06.2019 - 27.07.2019

Haydens

1/10-12 Moreland Road, Brunswick East AU

 

https://haydens.gallery/

Text by Katie Paine

 

Handheld Juncture presents new work by Jacqueline Stojanovic and Jordan Mitchell-Fletcher. Merging practices of mosaic and tapestry, this exhibition unites their shared interest in craft and histories of the handmade. Exploring a myriad of themes around femininity, the binary of art and the artisan, and the inherent hierarchy of materials.

Accompanying text written by Katie Paine.

Handheld Juncture 

2019

Installation views
Photo Christo Crocker 

PICTURES MADE OF WOOL

GROUP EXHIBITION CURATED BY JOHN NIXON

19.03.2019 - 23.03.2019

Studio 14 Gertrude Contemporary

21-31 High Street, Preston South AU

 

 

PIROT NOTES

19.03.2018 - 23.03.2018

The Workshop on Forster

Forsterstrasse 51, Berlin DE

https://workshop-on-forster.de/

 

 

Pirot Notes comprises a body of work encapsulating a yearlong journey made overland from Central Asia to Serbia following the historical trade route and eventual introduction of carpet making to Pirot. During this time Stojanović learnt the art of carpet making and later created this series at the Icelandic Textile Centre in Blönduós, Iceland, where she was an artist in residence during November 2017. The work raises concerns about the preservation of tradition in modern society in drawing direct reference to the artists own ancestral link to Pirot ćilim weavers and the broader tradition of carpet making in Serbia.

 

Once a prosperous town in central Serbia, Pirot was home to many weavers, and as recent as 1965 over eighteen hundred women lived and weaved there. Now, sadly, only fifteen women practice the tradition of carpet making in Pirot, with the number in fast decline as rural youth continually migrate to larger cities and financial support nears non existence for this art form in the country. They are remembered and celebrated by an older generation and these days uncommon to find in the contemporary homes of Belgrade. Heavily influenced by Turkish designs the Pirot ćilims are recognised for their bold geometric patterns and distinctive bright colours. However, Stojanović aims not to replicate the designs used in traditional ćilims, but her series depicts the visual impressions left on the artist during her time spent in Serbia.

 

Blending traditional symbols and patterns of Pirot ćilims with the modern symbols seen everywhere on the streets of Belgrade Stojanović creates a visual conversation between the past and present. The rugs therefore employ traditional colours and are adorned with the common historical motifs of running water, hooks and stars, representing life, protection and prosperity, yet arranged subtly beside the motifs of favoured sports brands worn widely by Eastern European youth. The culture for sport in Serbia is infamous and Stojanović draws upon this aspect in her hand woven scarf titled  Self Support, merging the blatantly masculine sport culture of Serbia with the traditionally feminine act of weaving. Geometry is another key element utilised in Stojanović’s work, seen in both traditional ćilims and the aesthetic of urban Serbia’s socialist style  blokovi and architecture. The  Herringbone Parquet Rug is a direct association between the geometry of the old carpets and the geometry of the modern floors that are no longer covered by them.

 

In playing with these binaries of old and new,  Pirot Notes abstracts the dying art of Pirot carpets by incorporating contemporary symbolism. Ultimately questioning what there is to be lost for a cultures history in the discontinuation of tradition. Furthermore, given this work is made in an age where these ćilims value is displayed in the opposing binaries of ‘the souvenir shop’ in which most carpets are manufactured, and the heritage museum’ that may house the very last handmade carpets, Stojanović’s work alludes to a state of laxity within modern culture itself. A culture focused on an inevitable forward motion towards certain progress and the potential mistakes of abandoning its past.

Pirot Notes 

2018

Installation views
Photo Joel Boardman