march, 2020

12mar(mar 12)10:00 am26apr(apr 26)4:00 pmCANCELLED Ruth Downes Barely Wearable(march 12) 10:00 am - (april 26) 4:00 pm Manning Regional Art GalleryEvent Type:Art and MusicLocation:Taree / Wingham

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THE MANNING REGIONAL ART GALLERY IS CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19 REGULATIONS.

PLEASE VISIT THEIR WEBSITE FOR THE MOST UP TO DATE INFORMATION:

https://mrag.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/Home

Exhibition dates: 12 March – 26 April 2020

Opening event Friday 13 March at 6pm. Entry $10 adults, $7 Friends members

Ruth Downes

Barely Wearable: body adornment for the age of over-consumption

This body of work is a continuation of Ruth Downes’ passion for reappropriating everyday materials and objects to celebrate their intrinsic beauty. Materials for these thirty ‘wearable’ artworks have been gleaned from a diverse range of sources – from aircraft headsets to coffee capsules. Detritus from nature has also been salvaged to be re-born as a fashion statement.

By reimagining these materials she has created works that transcend their utilitarian function, casting them in a fresh light. The works question our accepted values and how we award status by projecting these everyday materials into the realm of art. They have a preciousness that confounds our expectations irrespective of their humble origins. This is much more than a simple ‘up-cycling’ exercise – Downes has an acute awareness of the potential of these materials. Her trademark humour also runs as a thread throughout the exhibition adding a further dimension.

These 3D works are mounted on a spectrum of coloured ellipses (35 – 75cm high) with several ‘busting out’ on mounted body forms. The works are augmented by photographs which reveal varying degrees of wearability.

Manning Regional Art Gallery
12 Macquarie Street, Taree (opp. Service NSW office)
Phone: 02 6592 5455
Email: art.gallery@midcoast.nsw.gov.au
Website: mrag.midcoast.nsw.gov.au

Opening Hours:
Wednesday to Saturday – 10am to 4pm
Sunday – 1pm to 4pm
The Gallery is closed to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays, and all public holidays.

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Time

March 12 (Thursday) 10:00 am - April 26 (Sunday) 4:00 pm

Location

Manning Regional Art Gallery

12 Macquarie St

Ruth Downes Barely Wearable
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