The Box Project challenges a select group of contemporary jewellers/makers to create new work from materials that they have received in the post in a box. Once the work is complete they will send it back for the exhibition.

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When?
May 4 - 25, 2011 (Auckland)
March 15 - May 1, 2011 (Wellington)
November 18- 30, 2010 (Sydney)

Where?
Masterworks Gallery, 77 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland
The See Here, 12 Constable Street, Newtown, Wellington
Gaffa Gallery, 281 Clarence Street, Sydney CBD

Artists Involved?
Diane Appleby, Zoe Brand, Melissa Cameron, Zara Collins, Kristin D'Agostino, Sharon Fitness, Liana Kabel, Peta Kruger, Bridie Lander, Jasmine Matus, Carrie McDowell, Sunggee Min, Jessica Page, Alice Potter, Sonya Scott, Lauren Simeoni, Sondi, Melinda Young.

What?
Project based exhibition of contemporary jewellery and objects

Exhibition concept and curator? Jasmine Matus.

12th July 2010

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FEATURE ARTIST - Zara Collins, Sydney, Australia

Old News Cuffs

The flotsam and jetsam of Asian flea markets, op shops and grocery aisles is what inspires Collins. She sees potential in the everyday and ephemeral – colours, textures, patterns and patina which provide the basis for works both lasting & unique.

 Everyday treasures scoured from the Asian marketplace continually suggest new forms and functions. These ‘finds’ motivate her to experiment with different techniques & materials. The notion of transformation underpins not only Collins practice but also her pieces and is particularly evident in her current focus on contemporary jewellery. Here Collins has tried to communicate the grace of the commonplace – embedding Asian newspaper into resin bangles, transforming silver dipped chopstick ends into drop earrings, and giving the generic Chinese chopstick new life as bracelets, pendants and neckpieces.

 This body of work uses the ‘everyday’ utilitarian object as a starting point for reinvention, appropriation and reinterpretation.

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3rd July 2010

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FEATURE ARTIST - Alice Potter, Adelaide, Australia

"Jam Brooch Group ['There Are Fake Flowers On The Wall', 'Birds In Tress', 'HEY!'] " 2010, mixed media.

Alice Potter is an Adelaide based Jeweller, completing her Bachelor of Visual Arts and Applied Design in 2006. She currently works out of the established South Australian studio Gray Street Workshop, creating pieces with any material she can find; from precious metals to discarded objects. Having studied Visual Communications [2002 - 2004] each piece illustrates her love of design, shape and colour. 

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30th June 2010

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FEATURE ARTIST - Melinda Young - Sydney, Australia

Over the next few weeks, the Box Project will be featuring all of its involved artists including an image of their past work in no particular order starting with Melinda Young from Sydney.

 

Gold Sprouts brooch 2009, 24 ct. gold, jade, glass beads, marine ply, 925 silver, acrylic paint.

Melinda Young has a Master of Visual Arts from Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney and has participated in over 85 exhibitions in Australia and overseas since 1997. Fascinated by the potential for unexpected narrative, her work makes carefully considered use of colour and often possesses a sly, subversive sense of humor. Young generally works to self-set projects, which may provide a particular thematic, impose rules or constraints on her approach to making. Young’s particular interest lies with re-presenting aspects of the natural state of the body and many of her works have an unsettling plasticity or tactility.  In addition to working from the jewellers’ bench, Melinda has had a professional involvement with contemporary craft and design since 2000 as a curator, writer, through employment in galleries and as a teacher. 

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19th May 2010

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WHATS IN THE BOX you ask…

Now that all of the Box Project artists are confirmed and finalised the boxes have been sent out. You must be wondering whats in the boxes?

All of the boxes are different, some however will have the same components or very similar.

It will be very interesting to see how different minds interpret the same thing.

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