Open Door: Contemporary Makers and Designers


WHEN: SATURDAY 24th AUGUST – SATURDAY 5TH OCTOBER 2019

WHERE: CRAFT VICTORIA, WATSON PLACE (OFF FLINDERS LN), MELBOURNE, 3000

WEBSITE: CRAFT VICTORIA

 

Craft Victoria is elevating the everyday experience of opening doors and crossing thresholds in a new exhibition of symbolic entry ways and beautifully crafted door furniture.

Open Door is the culmination of a project to expand opportunities for contemporary craftspeople and designers, bringing their invention and expertise to new areas of practice.

Enjoy the beautiful works by seven contemporary makers who have created practical objects to enhance the socially charged experience of entering and leaving a room or building.

Rowsaan, Taco pull,  2018, stainless steel, 300 x 150mm. Image courtesy the artists.

Rowsaan,Taco pull, 2018, stainless steel, 300 x 150mm. Image courtesy the artists.

 

Visitors will be welcomed into the gallery by an installation of eucalyptus branches created by artists from Baluk Arts, Mornington Peninsula’s urban Aboriginal community arts centre. The entrance will create a powerful reminder of the history and earliest dwellings of this country’s first inhabitants.

Among the exquisite objects on display will be door handles made of lava from Auckland’s Rangitoto volcano by New Zealand artist Warwick Freeman; contemporary Dvarapala (door guardians) by Melbourne-based Thai ceramic artist Vipoo Srivilasa; and door pulls by South Australian glass artist Kristel Britcher, inspired by Czech-cut glass of the past.

Warwick Freeman,  Lava Handles,  2015, Found volcanic lava, various sizes, longest 160mm (L: work detail, R: install detail). Image courtesy the artist.

Warwick Freeman, Lava Handles, 2015, Found volcanic lava, various sizes, longest 160mm (L: work detail, R: install detail). Image courtesy the artist.

Vipoo Srivilasa,  Su-nak (Canine)  and  Wi-laa (Feline),  2019, stoneware, underglaze, gold lustre, acrylic,and mixed media. Photo:Andrew Barcham

Vipoo Srivilasa, Su-nak (Canine) and Wi-laa (Feline), 2019, stoneware, underglaze, gold lustre, acrylic,and mixed media. Photo:Andrew Barcham

 

“The core proposition of Open Door is that the physical and psychological action of moving from one space to another has received relatively little attention from contemporary designer-makers,” said exhibition curator Julie Ewington. “As Australians continue to build new homes, and to commission commercial and public spaces, we could all benefit from including imaginative, innovative and practical solutions to negotiating these threshold spaces.”

Mark Edgoose,  Domestic rail,  2015, Titanium, niobium, steel, nylon, 1600 x 4500 x 480mm. Image courtesy the artist.

Mark Edgoose, Domestic rail, 2015, Titanium, niobium, steel, nylon, 1600 x 4500 x 480mm. Image courtesy the artist.

Lionel Bawden,  Groundwork (CONCEPTUAL ENTRY POINT),  2018, exterior paint on coir fibre doormat, 450 x 730 x 30mm. Photo: Ian Hobbs.

Lionel Bawden, Groundwork (CONCEPTUAL ENTRY POINT), 2018, exterior paint on coir fibre doormat, 450 x 730 x 30mm. Photo: Ian Hobbs.