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Pliable Planes: Expanded textiles & fibre practices

Where
UNSW Galleries
UNSW Galleries
Corner of Oxford Street and Greens Road, Paddington NSW 2021
When

Wednesdays to Fridays, 10am to 5pm Weekends, 12pm to 5pm Friday 29 April 2022 to Sunday 17 July 2022

Cost

Free

‘Pliable Planes: Expanded Textiles & Fibre Practices’ is a major exhibition drawing together practitioners who reimagine practices in textiles and fibre art. The project takes its title from a 1957 essay by Bauhaus artist Anni Albers that sought to rethink the use of weaving through an architectural lens and interpret textiles as fundamentally structural and endlessly mutable.

Using this concept as a point of departure, the exhibition presents the work of contemporary practitioners experimenting with the boundaries of materiality, spatial fluidity, and process.

Exhibiting artists reflect on the use of textiles to chart social and cultural change, responding to historical modes of production and representation, and underlying histories of domesticity and women’s labour. Works seamlessly incorporate traditional textile approaches including weaving, embroidery, knitting, and sewing while exploring broader conceptual and aesthetic possibilities. Through expanded painting, assemblage, performative gesture, sound, and installation, ‘Pliable Planes’ presents contemporary Australian textiles and fibre art in expansive and plural forms, altering perceptions of materials, form and function.

  • Akira Akira

  • Sarah Contos

  • Lucia Dohrmann

  • Mikala Dwyer

  • Janet Fieldhouse

  • Teelah George

  • Paul Knight

  • Anne-Marie May

  • John Nixon

  • Kate Scardifield

  • Jacqueline Stojanović

  • Katie West

Curators: Karen Hall & Catherine Woolley

Presented with the support of the Australia Council for the Arts. The exhibition begins a national tour in 2023 with the support of the Australian Government's Visions of Australia program.

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