Julia deVille to present her first solo exhibition since 2014 at Linden New Art

Wholeness and the Implicit Order

25 August – 4 November 2018

Linden New Art celebrates returning to its freshly-renovated St Kilda home with the presentation of a major solo exhibition of new work by leading Australian mid-career artist Julia deVille.

Wholeness and the Implicit Order will be the renowned jeweller, taxidermist and artist’s first solo exhibition since 2014. Expanding upon her existing practice, deVille will explore holography and virtual reality with the intention of engaging viewers in an exploration of consciousness and reality.

The exhibition will present deVille’s familiar jewel-encrusted animal taxidermy sculptures alongside holographic doppelgängers, contrasting the artist’s signature Victorian aesthetic with innovative modern technologies.

Sound, smell, tactility and optical illusion will create an immersive environment that will reimagine the Victorian-era rooms of the gallery. It is to be deVille’s largest installation to date.

Themes of consciousness, death and our relationship with the natural world will be examined through the lens of Quantum Theory. The new works will act as tangible metaphors for the implicit interconnectedness of all things and the importance of treating all life with respect; beliefs that form the core of deVille’s practice.

Linden New Art Gallery Director, Melinda Martin, is “thrilled to be presenting this very special exhibition to launch our return to our Acland Street home. Inspired by all things Victorian, deVille has always wanted to create a solo exhibition in a building of this era and we are delighted to be providing her a space to extend her practice and create a very immersive exhibition experience for our visitors”.

deVille has invited painter Leslie Rice to create his signature paintings on black velvet to be hung alongside her works. Sculptor Kate Rhode will collaborate with deVille to create whimsical resin cases for the taxidermy works and frames for the holograms. Julia has also commissioned Josh Weatherlake (Adipocere) to do some embroidery work for the exhibition and Jo Sheehan, esteemed New Zealand stone carver will be carving marble objects. The exhibition will be accompanied by a range of events that visitors can participate in to learn more about deVille’s practice and ideas.

The show’s title, Wholeness and the Implicit Order, references theoretical physicist David Bohm’s 1980 book Wholeness and the Implicate Order. In this foundational book, Bohm discusses his insights into the quantum world deriving an ultra-holistic cosmic view, which leads to thought-provoking theories about consciousness and its implicate (implicit) interconnectedness with the universe.

Julia deVille
Wholeness and the Implicit Order

25 August – 4 November 2018
Saturday 25 August 2018, 2PM to 4PM
Linden New Art, 26 Acland Street, St Kilda VIC 3182

Image caption: Julia deVille, Rocking Alpaca, 2014, baby alpaca, sterling silver, white rhodium, black rhodium, 18ct white gold, antique pearls, chainmail, ostrich feathers, cockerel feathers, glass, oak, 127 (h) x 120 (w) x 18 (d) cm. Image courtesy of the artist and Sophie Gannon Gallery.