Cowra Regional Art Gallery | Soft Core
Image: Koji Ryui, ‘HAVE A NICE DAY’, 2014, unfired clay, polyethylene bag, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney.
The exciting touring exhibition Soft Core opens at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery Saturday 26 August. Guest speaker exhibition curator Michael Do will present a floor talk from 2.15pm prior to opening Soft Core. The exhibition continues to Sunday 8 October 2017.
This “must-see” exhibition presents a diverse range of artistic practices that explore the many facets of ‘softness’. There are not only works that utilise tactile materials, co-opted for their versatility and their mutability between function and emotion, but also, works that require activation – such as electricity or inflation to become whole while others inhabit their softness quietly.
Soft Core includes leading artists from overseas and Australia including internationally renowned US video and installation artist Tony Oursler; Michael Parekowhai arguably New Zealand’s most celebrated artist; and Koji Ryui from Japan, now living in Australia. Australian artists are Patricia Piccinini who famously designed the Skywhale hot air balloon; Louise Weaver who renders sophisticated animal sculptures decorated with ornate crocheted, embroidered and sequined pelts that evoke folklore and enchanted fables, Paul Yore who combines hand-woven tapestries and kitsch found objects to shape phantasmagorical imagery, saturated in psychedelic colours, playful techniques and imaginative compositions, as well as, Tully Arnot, Mikala Dwyer, Tully Moore, Todd Robinson, Kathy Temin and Simon Yates.
In the 20th Century, artists began to disassemble the notion of traditional sculpture by adding and subtracting constructions, incorporating found objects and designating everyday items as art. These adaptive and divergent methods of form making continue today in a generation of artists who define sculpture in the negative condition: not bronze, not stone, not the macho force of the blast furnace.
Soft Core is presented by the Cowra Regional Art Gallery in conjunction with Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and toured by Museums & Galleries of NSW. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program.