STEEL: art design architecture
2 August - 29 September
Ground-breaking steel exhibition showcasing renowned Australian artists, designers and architects.
STEEL: art design architecture is a major exhibition exploring innovative ways that steel is being used by artists, designers and architects in Australia in the 21st century.
The exhibition includes 29 artists, designers and architects from across Australia and brings together products, projects and works of art that reflect many of the current preoccupations with steel within contemporary art, design and architecture in Australia.
The exhibitors represent a broad range of approaches to working with steel, and the range of work in the exhibition is extensive - from fine, hand-crafted jewellery to high-tech research facilities. Some of the exhibitors include: the multiple award winning architectural firm BVN, BVN is known for their public architecture having won more Sir John Sulman Medals than any other practice, industrial designers Brodie Neill, now based in London, and the Bombay Sapphire Design Award winner Trent Jansen for Tait, Contemporary art and design duo Korban Flaubert, leading Aboriginal artists Lorraine Connelly Northey and Gunybi Ganam barr, founding member of the acclaimed Gray street workshop jeweller Sue Lorraine as well as work by the late jeweller Mari Funaki.
Many of the concerns that drive these innovative uses of steel engage the themes of identity, locality, materiality and sustainability. A material of such great potential, steel influences nearly all aspect of our lives, rendering the ingenuity, craftsmanship and skill of those working with it practically invisible. Through the 29 exhibitors, STEEL: art design architecture unearths just some of these possibilities.
STEEL: art design architecture is a Jam Factory touring exhibition.
STEEL: art design architecture is supported by Visions of Australia funding through Australian Government's Department of Communications and Arts and the South Australian Government through Arts South Australia.
Image: Korban Flaubert, Marquette for involute 2009, stainless steel, Photo: Stephanie Flaubert