Vessel 

David Walker, Mark Vaarwerk, Inari Kiuru, Vito Bila, Alison Jackson, Mark Edgoose and Robert Foster 

9 September - 8 October 2016

ˈvɛs(ə)l 

noun

1. a ship or large boat.

synonyms: boat, sailing boat, ship, yacht, craft, watercraft; More

2. a hollow container, especially one used to hold liquid, such as a bowl or cask.

synonyms: container, receptacle, repository, holder, carrier; More

 

In traditional silversmithing, constructing or raising a vessel is one of the cornerstones of the guild. Vessels are steeped in tradition and ritual, they lauded for their technical ability and marvelled at for their beauty and flair.  While Contemporary vessels and their makers acknowledge the history of the tradition, their use of materials and construction techniques expose new forms and explore the outer boundaries and endless possibilities of the notion of a vessel. The makers in this exhibition are no exception to this.

 

Mark Vaarwerk for example gathers used polystyrene cups and polystyrene vegetable storage containers and in essence shrinks their forms until they become miniature versions of themselves. David Walker uses a process akin to daisy chaining to create trays of steel, titanium and aluminium. Vito Bila exaggerates the tarnish and patina of sterling silver and rust ageing of steel to create familiar vessel forms with an unexpected twist. Inari Kiuru uses concrete, the sign of universal urbanism as a vessel to explore metaphysical questions.  Alison Jackson has beautifully refined edge to seemingly simple forms using traditional metals to construct her functional vessels. Mark Edgoose takes a domestic space such as a hallway and creates architectural structures that are contained in the space, as well as act as receptacle for everyday objects.  Robert Foster combines his engineering and creative design skills producing hollowware, combining untraditional alloys of anodised aluminium, titanium and stainless steel to create beautifully functional art works.

 

This exhibition will showcase: David Walker, Mark Vaarwerk, Inari Kiuru, Vito Bila, Alison Jackson, Mark Edgoose and Robert Foster.  Curated by Johannes Kuhnen 

David Walker
David Walker

David Walker Vortex - 2016, Patinated copper, wax. 246 x 202 x 69mm. 265mm height/length x 200mm diameter. $10 500 Petite tray - 2009, 925 silver, stainless steel, titanium. 246mm x 202mm x 69mm $12600

David Walker
David Walker

David Walker Longue tray - 2009, 925 silver, stainless steel, titanium. 317mm x 204mm x 73mm $14700 Petite tray - 2009, 925 silver, stainless steel, titanium. 246mm x 202mm x 69mm $12600

Mark Vaarwerk
Mark Vaarwerk

Mark Vaarwerk “D$136” shrunken polystyrene food box. 155x120x55mm $160 Food box, shrunken polystyrene food box. 155x110x75mm $160 Food box, shrunken polystyrene food box. 120x95x50mm $120

Mark Vaarwerk
Mark Vaarwerk

Mark Vaarwerk "doris $82.50”, shrunken polystyrene food box. 175x115x100mm  $190 Food box, shrunken polystyrene food box. 130x80x75mm $160

Mark Edgoose
Mark Edgoose

Mark Edgoose, Rail and Vessel 7, titanium, niobium, steel, bronze. Dimensions 100cm x 30cm x 35cm Price: $11450

Inari Kiuru group of vessels
Inari Kiuru group of vessels

Inari Kiuru Light from a distance, 2016 Concrete, mica, glass fragments. 20cm x 9cm x 5.3cm $1400 Holding onto light, 2016, Concrete, black iron oxide, glass fragments, pigment, wax. 9cm x 9.5cm x 8cm $1400 The kind of light that belongs to clouds and fish, 2016, Concrete. 20.5cm x 6.5cm x 5cm $1400

Vito Bila, Tray, Urn  and Cup
Vito Bila, Tray, Urn and Cup

Vito Bila Tray #2, nickel silver and bronze. 28 cm x 17 cm x 4.5cmm $3402 Urn 2016, stainless steel and bronze. 24cm x 11cm x 7cm $4200 Cup #3 2016, nickel silver. 14cm x 7.5cm x 6cm $2100

Alison Jackson
Alison Jackson

Alison Jackson Soot foot, 2016 copper, oxidised, fabricated. 145mm x75mm x 80mm $1800 Wheal Busy, 2016 copper, oxidised, fabricated. 95mm x 80mm x 65mm $1800

Alison Jackson
Alison Jackson

Alison Jackson Thimble Tube, 2016 copper, oxidised, fabricated. 130mm x 68mm x 80mm $1800 Flue sticks, 2016 copper, oxidised, fabricated. 113mm x 80mm 68mm $1800

Robert Foster
Robert Foster

Robert Foster  Drifting Willi Willi 2009 press and hand forged red anodised aluminium. 370mm x120mm $7000  Dreaming of a Twister 2009 press and hand forged black anodised aluminium. 310 mm x 150mm x 150 mm. $6000 Bluebell Crush Vessel 2009 press and hand forged black and blue anodised aluminium Retail. 34cm x 16cm x 15 cm $8000  Pewter Explosion Press and hand hammered pewter anodised aluminium. 400mm x 200mm x1 20mm SOLD