or just how clumsy can we make today's puns
This will be big people. A fifteen year retrospective of New Zealand jeweller Lisa Walker's works in a show bravely entitled "Unwearable" promises to provide as many wry knowing smiles and head nods as gob smacking, good-humoured eye candy, and tomorrow nights opening is bound to bring out the big guns in Melbourne's contemporary jewellery scene.
Walker is a bit of a fave 'round here: we like the mixed use of techniques and materials outside of the ordinary. Embroidered sheep, gold dusted plastic pigs, pearl embellished matchbox cars, enamelled woollen necklaces sitting side by side in tiny 'found object' sculptures as much romantic keepsakes of the here and now as miniature portrait brooches were to the 18th Century. Deliberately producing works as 'difficult' to categorise as they are to wear, Walker confounds traditional notions of decoration and taste, while effortlessly referencing the material and cultural concerns of both. Top stuff.
one not too miss - we'll see you there, weather, widgets and public transport permitting.
Lisa Walker Unwearable
Curated by Damian Skinner
January 23 until March 7 , Galleries 1 + 2
Opening night Thursday Januray 22, 6-8pm.
Artist talks 5:30pm