Town Hall Gallery’s exhibition Elevating the Everyday focuses on making the ordinary extraordinary, opening on Saturday 17 March.
The group exhibition spotlights the talent of five Australian artists whom collaboratively celebrate the smaller moments and everyday humble pieces that make up our existence.
Adelaide-based artist, Honor Freeman will be exhibiting her recently created ceramics work titled Soap Score for the first time in Melbourne. An intricate display of 656 beautifully cast porcelain soaps; her work is underscored by the average number of soaps a person uses in a lifetime.
Honor said: “I seek to make visible the relationship between us and the objects we use, the gestures, mundane activities and humble objects, like small markers silently measuring the hours and marking the days.”
Painter, sculptor and installation-artist, Tim Craker will also be showcasing works in the form of suspended installations aiming to present familiar objects in unfamiliar ways. Chosen everyday objects are repurposed into unconventional forms, which draws from the Melbourne-based artist’s long-held fascination for Platonic solids and an obsession with pattern.
Highly respected Melbourne artist Elizabeth Gower will also take part in the group exhibition. Elizabeth creates stunning abstract compositions from humble materials that achieves uniformity and order from the chaotic. This dichotomy frames her strong aesthetic that audiences will be familiar with, combining commercial and domestic pieces throughout her work.
A special feature is a series titled Don’t Just Tell Them, Show Them, that is completely shot on film by Australian street photographer Jesse Marlow. A project spanning over ten years, the passion project captures moments of chance and spontaneity set in everyday environments.
Lesley O’Gorman also explores everyday objects through embroidery thread which will bring to life objects that might be present in a picnic setting. The fragile and ephemeral appearance of re-constructed artefacts such as a handbag and a pair of glasses are made with the intention to evoke nostalgia, delving into an object’s archive and personal memory.
Spanning three gallery spaces, Town Hall Gallery features a diverse range of contemporary public pro-grams, curated exhibitions and exhibitions drawn from the Town Hall Gallery Collection, celebrating the rich cultural heritage of the City of Boroondara. Part of the Public Galleries Association of Victoria, Town Hall Gallery supports local, national and international artists at varying stage of their careers, and offers a space for local artists and community groups to exhibit professionally on the Community Project Wall.
Elevating the Everyday
Saturday 17 March – Sunday 6 May
Exhibition opening: Saturday 17 March 2-4pm,
Walk and Talk: Saturday 17 March 1-2pm and Wednesday 18 April 11am-12pm