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Open Spatial Workshop: Converging in Time

11 February – 8 April 2017

Charlotte Day

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.

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Open Spatial Workshop: Converging in Time

Image: Open Spatial Workshop, Blown glass forms [Sari Zananari], lead caps and saléeite crystals collected from Ranger uranium mine, Northern Territory (Mirarr), detail, Converging in time, Monash University Museum of Art, 2017. Photo: Andrew Curtis

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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 2017–18.