Torque & Crease: art of the fold – Opened by guest speaker Claire Sourgnes, CEO of artisan
We would like to thank our fantastic guest speaker Claire Sourgnes, CEO of artisan again for officially opening ‘Torque & Crease: art of the fold’ featuring new works Kylie Bickle, Jennifer Marchant and Matthew Tobin last Friday evening. For those who couldn’t attend the opening night – see Claire’s fantastic speech about the current exhibition below:
Torque & Crease: art of the fold
I’d like to start by acknowledging the Turrbul and Jagera People as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we gather. I pay my respects to Elders past, present and emerging, and acknowledge the unique role they play in the life of this region. I also extend respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people here today.
I’m thrilled to have been invited here this evening to open this exhibition of work by Kylie Bickle, Jennifer Marchant, and Matthew Tobin, Torque & Crease: Art of the Fold.
Having taught Japanese papermaking at the Australian National University many moons ago, I am always interested to see paper pushed to it limits, not just as a substrate but as the dominant material. It’s amazing stuff: so simple and yet so adaptable. It can be twisted and creased, tensioned and stretched. It’s so resilient and enduring—not dissimilar to visual artists!
The interplay between complexity and simplicity is at the heart of these works. I see this in the forms and structures created, the choice of exhibition title, and even in the three arts practices represented. It’s interesting to note that in his work on complex adaptive systems known as plectics, Nobel Laureat in Physics Murray Gell-Mann identified a relationship between simplicity and complexity.
Please bear with me while I delve into a bit of etymology. The Indo-European root *plek- gives rise to the Latin verb plicare, to fold, which gives us simplex, literally once folded, from which our English word ‘simple’ derives. But *plek-, likewise, gives the Latin past participle plexus, which means braided or entwined, and which is responsible for the English word ‘complex’. In the same way that these two ubiquitous words are entwined in their root meaning, so too can this be seen in the arts practices of many artists. Arts practices are by no means linear; they fold and crease and bend. And they are often punctuated by an intertwining of multiple practices and interests.
There is a duality in the practices of the three artists exhibiting here tonight. All three work in the public art realm but also have a confirmed gallery practice that is integral to their design and public art worlds. It’s not easy being an artist. It requires tenacity, resilience, and an ability to toggle between researching, making, and surviving. I applaud the three of you for doing this so well. I would also like to acknowledge the challenging path of the art gallerist. I have seen first-hand that it is not the easiest of career paths. By providing gallery exhibition opportunities for artists, particularly those who ordinarily work on large sculptural projects, you are creating a space for an alternative relationship with their practice. Perhaps one that is more personal and intimate than what they achieve for the public realm, a space where the parameters and freedom of expression stem exclusively from the artists themselves.
So, it is my utmost pleasure to open Torque & Crease: Art of the Fold. I congratulate Onespace and the artists on a fabulous exhibition!
Claire Sourgnes, CEO of artisan
5 May 2017
Torque & Crease: art of the fold will be open at Onespace Gallery from 3 May – 10 June 2017. Drop in, or see the exhibition here.
Image: Kylie Bickle, ‘Code Series No.2’, 2017, Heat-formed paper, painted and foiled. 24 x 33 x 1.5cm