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 -
THE MANNING REGIONAL ART GALLERY IS CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19 REGULATIONS.
PLEASE VISIT THEIR WEBSITE FOR THE MOST UP TO DATE INFORMATION:
Exhibition dates: 12 March – 26 April 2020
Opening event Friday 13 March at 6pm. Entry $10 adults, $7 Friends members
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.
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.
Manning Regional Art Gallery02 6592 5455
March 12 (Thursday) 10:00 am - April 26 (Sunday) 4:00 pm