Craft will present a bold solo exhibition of new works by acclaimed Australian artist Kate Rohde at Craft from 10 December 2016 until 11 February 2017. Luminous Realms sees the Craft exhibition space converted into a hallucinatory Wunderkammer that will transform the gallery into an immersive installation of ornamental vitrines brimming with artificial flora and fauna, faux taxidermy, assemblages, and zoomorphic sculptural vessels.
Luminous Realms makes reference to a uniquely baroque approach of layering decorative patterning across multiple objects, wall coverings and soft furnishings which sees the gallery walls covered in visually elaborate, synthetically surfaced wallpaper designed exclusively for Craft. Cultivated from Rohde’s object based practice, these unique wall designs feature locks of cascading pastel hair, darkly luminescent animal motifs, and autumnal botanical gardens of resin gems and golden icing filigree, working together create a kaleidoscopic environment that elaborates on interior design traditions.
In Luminous Realms, Rohde’s work subverts notions of value and preciousness while drawing parallels between traditional art and craft technologies through a commentary on contemporary digital design and the use of the most pervasive synthetic materials of the 20th Century.
This exhibition will mark the launch of Craft’s showcase Focus on Craft and will be the first iteration of a dedicated exhibition program, recognising the career of outstanding artists whose works are embedded in craft materiality and technique.
Kate Rohde’s intensely detailed and colourful aesthetic has been sought out for a wide range of collaborations in the fields of fine art, fashion and jewellery. Her work has been exhibited both locally and internationally and is held in a number of major public and private collections including the National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of South Australia and Heide Museum of Modern Art. In 2016, Rohde exhibited in the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia, and in 2015 was a finalist for the prestigious Rigg Design Prize at the NGV.
The exhibition will be on view from 10 December 2016 until 11 February 2017 at Craft, 31 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Australia.