I acknowledge the peoples of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which I live and work. I pay my respects to their Elders, past and present – and recognise their ongoing resilience, creativity and care for Country.

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Improper Structures
9 - 27 March 2022

Anni Hagberg, Anthea Kemp & Hannah Gartside, Caro Pattle, Liam Fleming, Makiko Ryujin, Michael Gittings, Thomas Lentini
Curated by Eliza Tiernan & Josephine Briginshaw

Creo Gallery
34 Cremorne St, Cremorne, VIC 3121
Improper Structures revisits everyday objects within our interior spaces. Eight contemporary makers working across ceramic, textile, furniture and glass disciplines eschew notions of pure functionality to engender connection, play, intimacy, comfort and reward. Works illustrate a fluidity between artistic expression and domestic life; material mutations, simple pleasures, hybrid forms, and narrative disruptions rule our domain.

Built from the material remains of discarded tablewares, Discord explores non-linear material evolutions and formal assumptions. Here structure is created from destruction, and function both precedes and succeeds dysfunction. Paying homage to the utilitarian heritage of the material’s prior forms, Discord I & II are designed as ceramic stools. However, the ragged surface and intentionally unergonomic form confuse their new-found function. Once a cup/bottle/fence/nail/plate/vase now a strange blob/uninviting seat/material cacophony.

Photography by Sean Fennessy
Discord I & II  (2021-2022)
Porcelain, raku, recycled stoneware and glass, glaze, glass, enamel, assorted recycled metal.
32x19x23cm and 40x26x28cm