Who: Christian Bök, Bill Davies, Stuart Gluth, Christian Clare Robertson Koulla Roussos,Kaye Strange
When: Friday 14th September to Saturday 29th September
OPENING: 6:00pm Friday 14th September
Artist Talk: Saturday 15th June 12 noon at NCCA
Where: Northern Centre for Contemporary Art (NCCA), Vimy Lane Parap
Gallery 1, 2 & Box Set
The office. Not normally a place where one would find creative insight. A place reserved for business, professional duties, clerical work. But not for the seven local artists behind Office Works! Using commonly found materials they create unique art works that see the office environment as a place for artistic inspiration.
The exhibition’s central theme involves working with commonplace office stationery, including paper, tape and other materials, usually employed for business purposes. Administrative processes result in by-products that are disposed of in rubbish or re-cycle bins. Liberated and fished out from the bins, refuse items such as paper, toner, pens, hole punch confetti, stamps, paperclips, correction tape etc., are collected and employed as materials in the art making process.
Works will be diverse, ranging from one-off pieces, constructed in-situ, to multiple works on paper (in set formats) with some sculptural pieces. Usually the materials are monochromatic and, as a result, works may be limited in colour.
Coordinated and curated by Kaye Strange, the exhibition will showcase the artists’ individual responses to working with materials that are mass produced and considered perfunctory.
The artists’ line-up includes: Christian Bök, an internationally recognised, award-winning poet from Canada; Bill Davies, a long-time resident who apart from his artistic practice, also runs a local sign writing business; Stuart Gluth, an award- winning designer and paper artist; Christian Clare Robertson, a painter who lives and works in Darwin' Koulla Roussos, a Darwin based barrister, lecturer, curator, artist and creative producer whose curatorial approach is influenced by her experience living in a culturally diverse location; Don Whyte, who has for over 10-years run the successful ‘OffCuts’ exhibition that raises money for local charities; and Kaye Strange herself, who over the years has held various administrative roles to support her artistic passion.
These varied backgrounds and experiences have come together in what will be a fun look at common place materials taken away from their practical use!