Soft Core

Koji Ryui, HAVE A NICE DAY, 2014, unfired clay, polyethylene bag, dimensions variable. Image courtesy the artist and Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney.

Soft Core

Koji Ryui, HAVE A NICE DAY, 2014, unfired clay, polyethylene bag, dimensions variable. Image courtesy the artist and Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney.

 


ABOUT 

Soft Core presents artistic practices that explore the many facets of ‘softness’ - from large-scale inflatables to forms made from soft materials to materials that simply look soft. These artists are making works that demand attention - forms that are not simply bumped into while looking at paintings.

In the 20th century, artists began to disassemble the notion of traditional sculpture by adding and subtracting constructions, incorporating found objects and designating everyday items as art. These adaptive and divergent methods of form making continue today in a generation of artists who define sculpture in the negative condition: not bronze, not stone, not the macho force of the blast furnace.

The materials in this exhibition encompass air, inflatable nylon, unfired clay and plastics bags – materials that have been co-opted for their versatility and their mutability between function and emotion. Some of the works in this exhibition require activation – such as electricity or inflation to become whole while others inhabit their softness quietly.

Soft Core investigates these practices by presenting existing works and newly commissioned works by a diversity of artists who question the fluctuating meaning of what it means to be soft.

  


ITINERARY

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, NSW

15 October - 4 December 2016

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, NSW

3 February - 12 March 2017

Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, NSW

30 March - 14 May 2017

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW

9 June - 30 July 2017

Cowra Regional Art Gallery, NSW

5 August - 17 September 2017

Shoalhaven Arts Centre, NSW

4 November - 13 January 2018

Shepparton Art Museum, VIC

27 January - 18 March 2018

Horsham Regional Art Gallery, VIC

19 May - 22 July 2018

Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, NSW

11 August - 28 October 2018

Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, QLD

10 November 2018 - 27 January 2019

Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, QLD

15 February - 20 April 2019

Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville, QLD 

6 September - 3 November 2019

 

 

  


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An exhibition curated by Micheal Do, in conjunction with Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and toured by Museums & Galleries of NSW. This exhibition is supported by the Visions regional touring program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to cultural material for all Australians.

 

An exhibition curated by Micheal Do, in conjunction with Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and toured by Museums & Galleries of NSW.

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