EXHIBITIONS    Open Spatial Workshop: Converging in time

Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA)

11.02.17 to 08.04.17


 


Image: Open Spatial Workshop (Terri Bird, Bianca Hester, Scott Mitchell), Research image of 23–million-year-old Kauri log fossil, Museums Victoria Collection, P 228203, 2016. Photo: Open Spatial Workshop

 

 

Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) presents Open Spatial Workshop: Converging in time, the first major museum exhibition by Open Spatial Workshop (comprising artists Terri Bird, Bianca Hester and Scott Mitchell). The exhibition is part of MUMA's much anticipated annual survey exhibition series that presents the practices of Australia's  most  exciting  and  innovative  mid-career  artists.

 

Converging in time continues OSW's sculptural investigation into the forces of material formation. Drawing on earth sciences research and studies of the Anthropocene, this new exhibition explores the relationship between the mineral make-up  of  a  site  and  the societies they produce and sustain.

 

OSW's exhibition brings together new sculptural, video and sound works in assemblages with extended support structures that incorporate items from Museums Victoria's Geosciences collection. These include specimens such as a meteorite fragment  containing  pre-solar  grains,  Saléeite  crystals from the Ranger Uranium Mine in the Northern Territory, a 23-million-year-old kauri log and a fossilised 'sea lily' unearthed in a Brunswick clay pit in 1923. MUMA's galleries will become an extension of OSW's studio, with a number of  elements  formed  in  situ,  and others imbedded in the Museum's architecture.

 

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. Bianca Hester is a Sidney Myer Creative Fellow 2017-2018.

 

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