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Touring Exhibition | Soft Core

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Image: Koji Ryui, HAVE A NICE DAY, 2014, unfired clay, polyethylene bag, dimensions variable. Image courtesy the artist and Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney.


About the Touring Exhibition

The Australian Government has announced a commitment of over $90,000 to support the M&G NSW touring exhibition Soft Core, which will see the exhibition and works by 12 pre-eminent artists travel across New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. The exhibition, curated by Micheal Do, will tour to 11 art galleries between February 2017 and June 2019.

Soft Core was first exhibited at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre in 2016. Artists include Mikala Dwyer (AU), Tony Oursler (US), Michael Parekowhai (NZ), Patricia Piccinini (AU), Kathy Temin (AU) and Louise Weaver (AU).


About Soft Core
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.

The materials in this exhibition encompass air, inflatable nylon, unfired clay and plastics bags – materials that have been co-opted for their versatility and their mutability between function and emotion. Some of the works in this exhibition require activation – such as electricity or inflation to become whole while others inhabit their softness quietly.

Soft Core investigates these practices by presenting existing works and newly commissioned works by a diversity of artists who question the fluctuating meaning of what it means to be soft.


Regional NSW Exhibition Dates
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW | 9 June – 30 July 2017
Cowra Regional Art Gallery, NSW | 5 August – 17 September 2017
Shoalhaven Arts Centre, NSW | 4 November – 13 Jaunary 2018
Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, NSW | 11 August – 28 October 2018