Just Passing Through – A new exhibition at fortyfivedownstairs

In less than a week, “Just Passing Through” will begin at Melbourne art gallery Fortyfivedownstairs (45 Flinders Lane – down the stairs). It opens next Tuesday at 5pm – that’s Tuesday the 13th, and it will run until the 8th of December.

Regular Melbourne Metroblog readers may be familiar with the work that artist Julie Shiels has been engaged in over the last few months. Through the CityTraces website, and through the everyday experiences of the people of Melbourne, Julie has been documenting the signs of life in Melbourne and giving us mysterious objects and messages to contemplate on the streets. It looks like the objects on display for Just Passing Through will expand on the themes she’s been sharing with Melburnians.

Notes for the exhibition are suggestive; “Unlike the mass produced goods of the industrial age, these objects are not machine perfect. Small dents disrupt the curvaceous sheen of the cast. These faults provide clues to the objects’ provenance“.

Shiels is playing with ideas of preciousness and the re-assignment of value. How can something be made out of nothing? How can rubbish become art? How can a rare, limited edition object be the crafted from a by-product of mass production? The hang suggests similar tensions: it is cluttered and there is an apparent lack of organisation yet each item has been carefully catalogued with its own provenance. Is this order or disorder?


Opens Tuesday the 13th November at 5pm,
Runs November 13 – December 8, 2007.

Tuesday – Friday 11 – 5pm
Saturday 12 – 4pm

I hope to see some of you there!

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