SSG will be located at booth C2
CHRISTEL VAN DER LAAN
YU FANG CHI
Melbourne Design Fair 2023 will be held at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Stanley Street Gallery has been invited to present at the 2023 Melbourne Design Fair. The gallery represents world-class Australian Artisans who are exceptional in their respective fields. These artists are internationally and nationally acknowledged by a stellar list of Museums as well as public and private institutions who have acquired their work, such as: the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Musée des Arts Décoratifs Paris, National Museums of Scotland, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, National Gallery of Victoria, Powerhouse Museum, and the National Art Gallery Canberra.
Stanley Street Gallery is unique as a gallery as they exhibit some of Australia’s most regarded craftspeople and designers along with a stable of painters, sculptors and multimedia artists. The Melbourne Design Fair is an exciting opportunity to showcase this outstanding cohort of artists practising at the intersection of craftsmanship and contemporary art.
The gallery has a strong history of championing craftsmanship in both emerging and established artists, with a focus in contemporary art that includes a deep recognition of finesse and highest calibre of technique. This commitment to promoting exceptional skill reflects a broader commitment to the connection between process, materials and meaning.
The 9 artists showing at the Melbourne Design Fair work within traditional craft practices, such as weaving, metal work, ceramic, gold and silversmithing in innovative ways to exploring contemporary ideas. Artists such as Margaret West, Barbara Ryman and Julie Blyfield are pioneers in the field of contemporary jewellery, creating evocative works that respond to the natural environment. The subversive works of Gretal Ferguson and Christel van der Laan similarly display state of the art knowledge and expertise in silversmithing and wearable art.
Korean artists Daehoon Kang and Joungmee Do delicately incorporate traditional folklore and symbolism in their contemporary object and jewellery practices. While, Tawiansese artist Yu-Fang Chi merges disciplines of weaving and gold and silversmithing to create extensive multifaceted pieces. Similarly, the ceramicist Shaun Hayes uses humour to push the conventions of his medium, commenting on current social issues. These artists demonstrate dedication and mastery in their respective medium, creating critical and thought-provoking works through a marriage of skill and concept.
Curated by the National Gallery of Victoria and delivered in collaboration with the Melbourne Art Foundation, Melbourne Design Fair is an annual platform for designers, commercial galleries, design agencies and organisations to come-together under one roof to promote and sell the best collectible design from Australia and the world.
1. Gretal Ferguson, 'Placeholders' Installation View, 2022, Silver Plated Copper and timber frames, mixed sizes, Photo Docqment