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Theatre of Detail. 30 years of Gray Street Workshop

Exhibition  /  29 Sep 2016  -  20 Nov 2016
Published: 26.09.2016
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Intro
While 30th anniversaries are traditionally celebrated with lilies and pearls, Gray Street Workshop partners Jess Dare, Sue Lorraine and Catherine Truman entice us with a more adventurous material vocabulary. Accomplished and inventive makers, the trio’s deep research into new languages and knowledge unites these adventurous bodies of work. / Melinda Rackham 2015

Artist list

Jess Dare, Sue Lorraine, Catherine Truman
Theatre of Detail is an enchanting spectacle that brings together the real and the imagined in an exhibition full of ideas, concepts and refined skill.
 
Catherine Truman's work, entitled In preparation for seeing is the outcome of her residency in the Microscopy Suite at Flinders University, Adelaide and investigates the parallels between her craft processes and the preparatory techniques used in biomedical microscopy research. Catherine has captured the theatre of the lab on film and in vignettes of intricately embellished objects.
 
Offerings is the title of Jess Dare's collection of metal and glass pieces. The works draw on her recent Asialink residency in Thailand, where she was researching, documenting and learning the craft of Phuang Malai (floral garlands). The resulting collection reference both the traditional construction and stringing techniques of Phuang Malai and contemporary jewellery concepts creating works infused with a sensibility from two dichotomist cultures.

Sue Lorraine has continued her investigation into museum methods and representation with a body of work titled Models of Light. Reminiscent of a 50’s laboratory aesthetic the models, part science, part engineering, part specimen and part whimsy solidify the intangible and fleeting phenomena of light.
 
The Theatre of Detail was part of the year-long celebration and is an exhibition of new work by Gray Street Workshop partners, Jess Dare, Sue Lorraine and Catherine Truman, in which the artist’s bring together their shared fascination with the adaption of nature and the wonders of science, their complimentary skills, aesthetics and attention to detail. The work in the exhibition will consist of objects and videos presented as a series of installations and/or vignettes.

The Theatre of Detail exhibition opened in Adelaide on 5th March 2015 as part of the Fringe Festival. The exhibition then traveled to AirSpace Projects in Sydney to coincide with the 16th Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia (JMGA). Followed by Melbourne as a part of Radiant Pavilion – Melbourne Contemporary Jewellery and Object Trail. In 2016 the exhibition was shown at The National, Christchurch, New Zealand and in September Theatre of Detail will be shown at ATTA Gallery Bangkok, the last venue.
 

About Gray Street Workshop
Gray Street Workshop was established in 1985, has been providing support, opportunities, promotion, mentoring and studio space to emerging, mid career and established artists working in the field of contemporary jewellery and object making for three-decades. The philosophy of the current partnership is to encourage a rich and thought-provoking range of professional experiences and exchanges.
 
Catherine Truman. Object: Cell Culture Glove, 2015. Cotton, glass, steel, light pad installation. Photo by: Grant Hancock. Catherine Truman
Object: Cell Culture Glove, 2015
Cotton, glass, steel, light pad installation
Photo by: Grant Hancock
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Catherine Truman. Object: Cell Culture Glove, 2015. Cotton, glass, steel, light pad installation. Photo by: Grant Hancock. Detail view. Catherine Truman
Object: Cell Culture Glove, 2015
Cotton, glass, steel, light pad installation
Photo by: Grant Hancock

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Jess Dare. Neckpiece: Grand Gesture, 2016. Brass. Photo by: Grant Hancock. Jess Dare
Neckpiece: Grand Gesture, 2016
Brass
Photo by: Grant Hancock
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Jess Dare. Neckpiece: Grand Gesture, 2016. Brass. Photo by: Grant Hancock. Detail view. Jess Dare
Neckpiece: Grand Gesture, 2016
Brass
Photo by: Grant Hancock

Detail view

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Sue Lorraine. Object: Filtered Model, 2015. Polypropylene, steel, Australian Oak. Photo by: Grant Hancock. Sue Lorraine
Object: Filtered Model, 2015
Polypropylene, steel, Australian Oak
Photo by: Grant Hancock
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Sue Lorraine. Brooch: Light spots, 2015. Polypropylene, steel, stainless steel. Photo by: Grant Hancock. Sue Lorraine
Brooch: Light spots, 2015
Polypropylene, steel, stainless steel
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From left to right: Sue Lorraine, Jess Dare, Catherine Truman.
From left to right: Sue Lorraine, Jess Dare, Catherine Truman

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