STEEL AT THE JAMFACTORY
As perhaps one of the world’s most functional, robust and infallible materials, steel has remained a key material employed throughout Tait‘s collections. And so when approached to contribute to STEEL, one of the JamFactory‘s current exhibitions solely celebrating the material and its use by Australian artists, designers and architects in the 21st century, how could we refuse?
The major exhibition curated by the JamFactory’s senior curator Margaret Hancock Davis brings together projects, products and works of art from 29 leading Australian creatives. As a travelling exhibition, STEEL will tour 15 venues nationally, initially gracing JamFactory Adelaide and Barossa, to tour various Australian locations thereafter.
Dating 4,000 years, steel is one of the richest mediums in human history, credited for the cultural and technical development of multiple civilisations. First forged in hand-made furnaces, steel production and its further use developed into the 17th century and by the 19th century, mass steel production reigned supreme.
Today, steel is one of the most pervasive materials, inhabiting our domestic spaces and built environments. Blurring the boundary between utilitarian and precious, raw and functional, lustrous and decorative, with a durability and affordability ubiquitous, its greatness can be often overlooked.
Attempting to highlight its greatness further, STEEL by the JamFactory prompts us to consider the links and similarities between its creative processes, problem solving and design thinking undertaken by art, design and architecture.
From fine, hand-crafted jewellery to high-tech research facilities, exhibitors include architects BVN, industrial designer Brodie Neill and furniture designer Trent Jansen, representing Tait’s Tidal collection. Further exhibitors include Korban Flaubert, Lorraine Connelly-Northey, Gunybi Ganambarr and Sue Lorraine.
STEEL will reside at JamFactory, Morphett Street in Adelaide between 17 February – 23 April 2017, moving into JamFactory at Seppeltsfield in the Barossa Valley between 9 May – 19 July 2017, to subsequently tour nationally.
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