Materiality...But not as we know it

National Exhibition Register

  • Copper objects
    Elliot Bastianon Copper objects, 2023
    Image Credit
    Courtesy the artist

About the exhibition

Materiality...But not as we know it features 10 Australian contemporary artists and makers whose work site in the nexus between sculpture and design and defies the establishes debates between the disciplines.

The artist’s work is distinguished by an iconoclastic approach, disregarding the Modernist tenet of ‘truth to materials’ often seen in design practice, and instead proposing new understandings and considerations of object making; evident in the fusion of art making with functional objects like tools, lighting, and furniture as well as unexpected pairings and surprising use of materials.

Materiality...but not as we know it advocates for experimentation and innovation, provokes new ways of thinking, and showcases recent or new work that is critically alert to the key concerns of our time.

Artists and Curator

Virginia Rigney

Elliot Bastianon, Mel Douglas, Marian Drew, Ashley Eriksmoen, Paul House, Lucy Irvine, Trent Jansen, Harriet Schwarzrock, Rebecca Selleck and James Tylor.

Available Dates and
Exhibition Details

Available dates
01/02/2025 - 01/12/2026
Exhibition size
Over 100 sq or running metres
Originating state
Organised by
Canberra Museum and Gallery
$5,000 (exc. freight)
Web Site
Accompanying materials available
Catalogue/Book, Exhibition Tour Manual, Installation Support Available, Interpretative/Didactic Panels, Labels, Media Kit, Public Program Opportunities, Public Workshops
Other materials
Video of artist's interviews
Primary contact
Rebecca Richards
Assistant Director, Exhibitons & Collections
Canberra Museum and Gallery
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