Upcoming Exhibitions //

Exhibitions Runs July 9 - July 20


Sean O'Connell

The exhibition energie shows jewellery, photography, film and sound, exploring form and material in ways that draw attention to their energetic aspects. In one series, a dozen different materials, from metal and ceramic, to wax and hair, are formed into the shape of a simple ring and explored through electrophotonic imaging. The images reveal the flow of electricity as it either shoots, vibrates, stalls, or is stored, revealing an unseen aspect of each material - a hidden character. Like magical mechanical talismans each built for a specific purpose, each ring has been created with an excess of movement that the wearer can draw upon in times of friction and static distress. A simple video work explores the notion of perfect roundness, through the action of the metal lathe, the tool cutting into a bar of steel. In gritty 16mm slow-motion film, and sound recorded directly from the vibrations of the bar, this is an audio-visual ode to the sublime act of metal turning, where wobbly things become round.

This project was assisted by a grant from Arts NSW, an agency of the New South Wales Government and supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian State and Territory Governments. The program is administered by the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA).


A group show

2015 is the UNESCO International Year of Light, and to celebrate this, 26 JMGQ members have responded to themes relating to light.

Light is present all around us, fundamental to our existence, governing the rhythms of life. It is essential to the visual arts, and a source of beauty in its own right. It plays a major role in many rapidly advancing technologies - as a source of energy, in communications and medical sciences, and has far reaching implications in global economics and energy use. Light informs us of events that occurred thousands of years ago, transcending time as it travels across space from distant stars, unlocking the secrets of the origins of the universe on both the micro and macro scale.

For jewellers and metalsmiths light plays an especially important role through the interplay of reflective and refractive surfaces. In combination with the JMGA conference theme of Edges Borders Gaps, a questioning of the positioning of contemporary jewellery within art and society, light offers fertile territory for further exploration of the field.


Co-curated by Beau Allen and Miriam Carter

ATTITUDE AS FORM presents the work of 22 practitioners from Australia and New Zealand exposing a diversity of ideas and approaches to the creation of contemporary jewellery. The exhibition reflects current thinking in the fields of fashion, art, craft and design as they are explored and responded to within the field of adornment.

The exhibition features the work of: Ari Athans, Miguel Aquilizan, Sun Woong Bang, Zoe Brand, Laura Burstow, Yu-Fang Chi, Stella Chrysostomou, Anna Davern, Sharon Fitness, Anna Gray, Fatemeh Boroujeni, Blandine Halle, Susan Hawkins, Alicia Lane, Bianca Mavrick, Claire McArdle, Marisa Molin, Christine O'Reilly, Claire Townsend, Michelle Wadsworth, Lisa Walker, & Alister Yiap.


Curated by Luisa Tresca

For that which is between the earth, rather than being a traditionally curated show as such, is an ongoing collaborative research between an artist and a curator. After a year-long conversation, the two reached the starting point of the project -or one of the many possible- which will start taking its shape with the first exhibition at Gaffa this May 2015. In For that which is between the earth, Moldvaer and Tresca, using Sydney as a starting point, attempted to investigate what constitutes a meeting with an unknown place, the experience of finding oneself foreign in an unfamiliar environment, and finally how we can understand and speak of intangible presences, like memories, fictions, imagined cities and places that we’ve never been to, but that are as present and vivid as manifest realities. The exhibition examines the abstraction of language, the need for home, the concept of pilgrimage and the nature of knowledge. These rather vast subjects are not exhausted in any academic sense, there is no abstract explaining the essence of the project, nor will there be any fixed conclusion. Such broad overarching themes have sprung more as a necessity to try to understand and grasp Sydney from afar, rather than being focal points of observation. Even though the project is structurally site-specific, it has come to be an inquiry into places in general: how we meet, experience, and interpret environments that are unknown to us, and furthermore, how we can speak of these places and these encounters, taking into account all our limitations and the fallacy of our interpretative systems.

Erin Timony

This collection of work details my experiments into different materials to create wearables of interest that appeal to the senses.

I'm primarily concerned with colour, wearability and doing justice to the materials I'm transforming.
I've cut and formed domestic plastic, for it's durability, retro styling and tactility. Recycled acrylic has been layered, cut and polished for its translucent properties. Titanium has been pushed to its limits of malleability to form satisfying pillows and flame treated to display it's wondrous ability to change from dull grey in rainbow colours.

The Butner pieces where created to celebrate the delicate hand skills that created these vintage buttons, remnants from a lesser known profession, that of Butner.


Mark Vaarwerk, Erin Keys and Vernon Bowden

If an object is a discrete form in a given state, then it stands to reason that it must have an edge or a border where said object and or its state ends and something other begins, and between these endings and beginnings there must be a space, gap, or hole. Marcel Duchamp coined the term inframince to contextualise this concept in his own work:

"When tobacco smoke also smells of the mouth that exhales it, the two odours are wed by inframince..."
"Velvet trousers -the sound (whilst walking) as a result of the chafing of the legs is an inframince separation..."
A difference, the smallest of intervals between things, an imaginary void, a new space for the audience to occupy, so that what is not there has the same weight as what is.

Altered State is an exhibition of contemporary work by Mark Vaarwerk, Erin Keys and Vernon Bowden.