Miniatures and Multiples design exhibition

April 6, 2011

A new Brisbane exhibition at SGAR celebrates locally made, one-off design pieces from 18 of the Asia Pacific region’s finest designers.

Brisbane gallery, the Spiro Grace Art Rooms (SGAR), has opened a new exhibition championing local design and limited edition pieces as a welcome alternative to mass produced objects.

The exhibition, called Miniatures and Multiples, challenges our “tired, throwaway, mass-produced mentality” by exhibiting design pieces as collectables.

Curator Renai Grace explains that the exhibition’s focus on limited edition artefacts reflects a growing trend in the arts and design industry – a reaction against the standardisation of the everyday object.

“The sought out, ‘village driven’, handmade object has thankfully re-emerged as a commissioned luxury of old, only with a more conscious contemporary spin,” says Grace.

Grace and co-curator Jenni Baxter invited 18 creative thinkers from the Asia Pacific region to produce intimate scale artefacts and limited edition keepsakes for the show.

Work by designers Alexander Lotersztain, Kent Gration and Fukutoshi Ueno sits alongside pieces from sculptor Donna Marcus and architect Chris Bosse. Other artists and designers featuring in the exhibition include Korban Flaubert, Kaori Kato, Simone LeAmon, Grace Tan, Tegan Empson, Katrina Tyler, Matt Dwyer, Charles Robb, Reko Rennie, Stuart Williams, Alister Yiap, Giles Alexander and Christina Waterson.

“We are passionate about supporting our burgeoning region; we want to see creatives recognised for their contribution to our cultural identity, we want to see collectors breed collectors, and we want to see people rediscover longevity and make heirlooms of our Australian talent,” concluded Grace.

*The Miniatures and Multiples exhibition, curated by Renai Grace and Jenni Baxter, runs at SGAR in Spring Hill, Brisbane from 1 April until 1 May 2011.*

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