Waiting to be noticed...Gingerboy wears jewels
Sue Buchanan,new jewels #1, 2014, brooch, mild steel, vitreous fired enamel, silver, stainless steel, 85x85x8mm. Brooch worn by Jane – wait staff member at Gingerboy
27-29 Crossley St Melbourne 3000
2 - 4 September 12-2.30pm and 5.30pm til late
Opening dinner sitting Tue 1 September, 5.30pm til late
During Radiant Pavilion, Gingerboy will be home to a collaborative project where floor staff will be dressed withjewellery pieces by recent RMIT graduates and, in effect, will become a ‘walking exhibition’.
Artist-supplied information about the works will be provided for waiters and bar staff to share with patrons alongside their own comments as to why they chose to wear that particular piece.
The natural alignment between Gingerboy, a restaurant renowned for its creative Asian-inspired dishes, and Radiant Pavilion, a celebration of diversity, artisanship, and Melbourne’s culture, makes this event an exciting association.
ArtistsSue Buchanan, Pamela Chan, Katie Collins, Eli Giannini, Sarah Jones, Chris Massey, Lindy McSwan, Thomas O’Hara, Jana Roman, Kate Wischusen, Michael Wong
Kate Wischusen, Johnston Street,2014, pair of brooches. Mild steel, vitreous enamel and stainless steel, 130 x 80 x 10mm
Eli Giannini, Urchin 2013, brooch, mild steel, flocking, sterling silver, 50 x 110mm
About the Artists
Sue Buchanan In Sue’s recent work the familiar language of our everyday urban context, particularly that of safety and shadows, is re-imagined in forms that invoke the provisional and peripheral and blur the boundaries between jewellery and clothing. Sue is a Melbourne-based artist with a cross-disciplinary practice focused on contemporary jewellery, painting and installation work. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) in 2014 and was awarded the Maggie Fairweather Residency for 2015. http://www.superpleased.com Pamela Chancompleted a Bachelor of Fine Art with First Class Honours, Gold and Silversmithing at RMIT University in 2014 and prior to this, the Advanced Diploma in Engineering Technology - Jewellery at Box Hill Institute of TAFE in 2010. Pamela is currently working from her studio in Collingwood where her work is informed by the ancient Chinese art of calligraphy with each brush stroke suggesting the next, connecting past and present.The brush stoke represents a sequence of repeated processes which involves the preparation, connection and layering of materials.The essence and fluidity of Chinese calligraphy is transformed into jewellery and objects.https://pamelachanmelbaus.wordpress.com
Katie Collins centres her practice in the making of objects that activate. The functionality her objects is often ambiguous as they await to be opened, unfurled, curated or discovered before they reveal themselves as being wearable. Katie completed a Bachelor of Fine Art at RMIT (Honours) in 2014. She has been awarded the Galerie Marzee International Graduate Prize, Koodak Award for Top Honours student and was a finalist in the DIA GOTYA Awards. Katie has participated in a number of group exhibitions in Melbourne and The Galerie Marzee Graduate Exhibition in The Netherlands in 2014.
Eli Giannini is a Melbourne architect, designer and critic. She has promoted architecture, art and design through her writing, exhibitions, conference presentations and as member of design competitions juries. In 2014 Eli completed a Bachelor of Fine Art at RMIT and has since reviewed the following shows at Gallery Funaki: ‘2 minds 4 hands’, ‘Escapade’, ‘Armillaria’ and the 2014 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery. Eli has gained a number of commissions and awards including: Gold Fever (Ballarat), 2nd prize Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition and Award for ‘Sure2Grow’ and 1st prize Future Melbourne for ‘Signs of Love’ (all with Sue Buchanan). http://www.superpleased.com
Sarah Jones is interested in the intersection of design and visual arts. Central to her enquiry is the study of the materiality and sensory experience of place and how this can be interpreted, reframed and contextualised through the jewellery object. Sarah completed a Bachelor of Fine Art at RMIT in 2014 specialising in gold and silversmithing. http://klimt02.net/jewellers/sarah-jones
Through his practice Chris Massey explores the foibles of our contemporary human condition.Today our consumer identity seems increasingly conflicted between our needs and wants, while rooted in narcissism and bourgeois (mis)behaviours – obsessions with materialism, fame, beauty and wealth among others. From this perspective, and with a taste for the absurd, Massey creates objects and jewellery that reflect our universal tensions and ask the wearer to reconsider our consumer selves. His studio practice is based on the four principles of concept, form, material and technique, and incorporates interactive elements with the goal of provoking a revelation in the viewer.
Lindy McSwan completed her BA Fine Art Honours, in Object based Practice at RMIT in 2014 and an Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology, Jewellery at NMIT in 2006. Her practice spans jewellery, vessels, sculptural objects, and works in paper. Lindy has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. In 2012, her work selected for Fresh! when she received the Sofitel on Collins Award resulting in her first solo exhibition at the Sofitel in 2014. On completing Honours in 2014, Lindy received the Diana Morgan Post Graduate and Honours Gold and Silversmithing Prize, with her work being acquired for The W.E. McMillan Collection, RMIT. www.lindymcswan.com
Thomas O’Hara began studying Gold and Silversmithing at RMIT in 2010 and was awarded the Maggie Fairweather Residency for 2013. In 2014 Thomas completed his Honours year at RMIT. Currently Thomas is doing an Emerging Artist Residency at the Australian National University School of Art. With a trade background as an electrician, Thomas has learnt a controlled systematic way of constructing work, which, combined with a strong interest in organic, free formed patterns and objects found in nature, has led to an investigation of objects that play with what is naturally formed and what is constructed.
Jana Roman has participated in group exhibitions in the fields of furniture design, jewellery and silversmithing.In 2014 Jana graduated from RMIT Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) First Class Honours and was the 2014 recipient of the Wolf Wennrich Award for Craftsmanship (RMIT).She was a finalist in the Griffith Regional Art Gallery National Contemporary Jewellery Award 2014 and was selected for the Contemporary Australian Silver & Metalwork Award 2013 (Bendigo Art Gallery) andContemporary Australian Silver & Metalwork: Buda 11th Biennial Leviny Commemorative Silver Exhibition. Jana Roman is currently co-resident of the 2015 Maggie Fairweather Studio at RMIT.www.janaromandesign.com
Kate Wischusen graduated from a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts) Honours, Object based Practice at RMIT in 2014 and creates objects and jewellery that explore the permanence of memory and the role of the souviner. Working predominantly in mild steel and enamel Kate’s work references archived markings in the urban landscape. In 2014 Kate’s work was selected to be shown at Talente in Munich, Fresh! in Melbourne and the Galerie Marzee International Graduate Exhibition in Nijmegen.www.katewischusen.com
Michael Wong’s work considers the experiential effect it has on the users and viewers.Misleading, unexpected or surprising elements are key to his practice.Through a use of novel mechanisms Wong constructs pieces best seen in person and in motion.Independent of scale and medium, his pieces are linked through their focus on movement and weight, be it physical or optical.Michael Wong graduated from RMIT in 2014 with an Honours degree in Fine Art.He is a current recipient of the Maggie Fairweather Artist in Residence Scholarship.www.michaelwongsilversmith.com