For this project, the gallery will be transformed into a salon space, where workshops, discussions, and events can take place: a shifting, ever-evolving work-in-progress. The focus of the project is on the exchange of ideas, conversation and new approaches to the language used around and within making practices.
Two writers-in-residence, Kimberley Chandler and Stephen Knott, will collect words from the show. For the duration of the exhibition they will collect fragments of text as an extension of their ongoing work which proposes different ways to talk about craft.
The exhibition includes three key works that trigger different ways of thinking about language, logic and making. A large-scale ceramic pot by Takahiro Kondo, inclusive of the accidents and mistakes that occur when firing such large works, creates a conversation between maker and material. Stone Appreciation by Mark Dunhill and Tamiko O’Brien offers a device for translating form using tactile language. Last Man’s Seat, a stop motion animation by Committee contains hundreds of decisions, made so precisely that they become their own language, in materiality as well as representation.
Other contributors to On the Way to Language include Haptic Tacit, an artist/maker collective, David Cross, Shane Waltener, and Eduardo Padilha of BalinHouseProjects. The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of free public events.