11 February – 8 April 2017
Opening celebrations: Saturday 11 February
In conversation: Open Spatial Workshop with Matt Poll, 2-3pm
Official opening, 3pm
With remarks by Professor Lynette Russell, Director, Faculty of Arts Monash Indigenous Studies Centre.
MUMA | Monash University Museum of Art presents Open Spatial Workshop: Converging in time, the first major museum exhibition by Open Spatial Workshop (comprising artists Terri Bird, Bianca Hester and Scott Mitchell). The exhibition is part of MUMA's much anticipated annual survey exhibition series that presents the practices of Australia's most exciting and innovative mid-career artists.
Converging in time continues OSW's sculptural investigation into the forces of material formation. Drawing on earth sciences research and studies of the Anthropocene, this new exhibition explores the relationship between the mineral make-up of a ite and the societies they produce and sustain.
OSW's exhibition brings together new sculptural, video and sound works in assemblages with extended support structures that incorporate items from Museums Victoria's Geosciences collection. These include specimens such as a meteorite fragment containing pre-solar grains, Saléeite crystals from the Ranger Uranium Mine in the Northern Territory, a 23-million-year-old kauri log and a fossilised 'sea lily' unearthed in a Brunswick clay pit in 1923. MUMA's galleries will become an extension of OSW's studio, with a number of elements formed in situ, and others imbedded in the Museum's architecture.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. Bianca Hester is a Sidney Myer Creative Fellow 2017-2018.