Jan
4
to Nov 4

Install— Kym Maxwell

Installation view: a compositional experiment.

‘State of Being’ is a sculptural work (site installation) re-imagining the governments’ social housing movement for Heidelberg West (established in 1956), current real estate trends and ensuing gentrification. More directly the model dressed in black positioned on a cement table, with hooded face reflects a long held view of social housing residents stigmatised as outsider, a view proffering gentrification. The  distortions of dress and body perform an armiture of these motifs. 

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Jan
6
to Nov 6

Install—Claire Lambe

Claire Lambe came in yesterday with an assistant to install. She work towards presenting her studio practise within the space. I invited Claire based on her photographs published in Discipline Magazine 3. The photographs were of her assemblages within her studio, an industrial space. This has freed up her response to her practice within industrial spaces, although the workshop is temporarily out of use, she has found it working nature an unexpected challenge, altough the stark contrast to with white cube is welcome.

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Jan
8
to Aug 9

Install—Kiera Brew Kurec

The  ’Industrial Estate’ group exhibition will be presented in Woodcraft Mobiliar, a fine furniture workshop in the industrial estate of Heidelberg West. The exhibition will present the works of 14 artists and converse around the themes of commercial as opposed to handmade production, additionally how smaller communities set their gaze fearlessly at the modern city setting the agenda.

Curated by Kym Maxwell, the project is an ambitious curation of Contemporary Art for 2014. Presented in the inner most fringes of Melbourne’s evolving suburb Heidelberg West.

Presented at Workshop Woodcraft Mobiliar, 12 Kolora Rd, Heidelberg West.

Opening Janurary 10th 5pm

Exhibition open from Janurary 10th - 13th 10 am - 6pm.

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Jan
8
to Oct 9

Install— Sean Peoples

The  ’Industrial Estate’ group exhibition will be presented in Woodcraft Mobiliar, a fine furniture workshop in the industrial estate of Heidelberg West. The exhibition will present the works of 14 artists and converse around the themes of commercial as opposed to handmade production, additionally how smaller communities set their gaze fearlessly at the modern city setting the agenda.

Curated by Kym Maxwell, the project is an ambitious curation of Contemporary Art for 2014. Presented in the inner most fringes of Melbourne’s evolving suburb Heidelberg West.

Presented at Workshop Woodcraft Mobiliar, 12 Kolora Rd, Heidelberg West.

Opening Janurary 10th 5pm

Exhibition open from Janurary 10th - 13th 10 am - 6pm.

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Jan
13
to Oct 13

Exhibition - Opening crowds

January 10th - The INDUSTRIAL ESTATE exhibition opens!

It had been a busy three weeks! With all my attention focused on the exhibtion and event 'Industrial Estate' it has recieved some fantastic results.

The temporary exhibition within a 550 sqm fine furniture factory opened to large crowds January 10th - with performances by Julian Williams, Kiera Brew Kurec, Wet Kiss, Waterfall Person and People Person. Beer from Kooinda Brewery and foreground BBQ.

The opening night was attended by Craig Langdon, Mayor of Banyule City Council and staff from Council's Community Development office, Rob Ball and colleagues: Tony Ellwood (NGV Director) and Tom were spotted at the event, with many artists, locals and new comers to the suburb. The unlikely exhibition site was alive with a fantasitc cross-cultural turned out. It heated up to 34 degrees at 5pm, without much change at 10 pm, when we closed. I was pleased with the response and feedback about the show.

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Jan
16
to Sep 16

Promotion in The Age - Arts Feature by Dan Rule

Dan Rule 'Furniture makes way for fine arts in Heidelberg West factory exhibition Industrial Estate', Arts Feature in The Age, January 9th, 2014

A vast dust-extraction system traces the factory ceiling, a network of aluminium tubes creating an octopus-like web. Various workstations and benches punctuate the floor plan: drill presses, belt sanders and table saws take pride of place among piles of off-cut timber and half-completed furniture projects.

The Woodcraft Mobiliar workshop, a fine furniture maker in a large 1950s industrial estate flanking the Darebin Creek in Heidelberg West, seems an unlikely space for a contemporary art exhibition, and for good reason. At face value, the marginalised space of the suburban industrial estate and that of the inner-city gallery are gulfs apart.

But for artist and curator Kym Maxwell, the woman at the helm of new exhibition Industrial Estate, the two settings possess more continuity and potential for exchange than we give them credit for.

Opening this Friday night with performances by artists such as Lane Cormick and Julian Williams, the exhibition will feature visual artists including Claire Lambe, Jordan Marani, Madeline Kidd, Dan Bell, Isadora Vaughan, Christopher L.G. Hill and Virginia Overell installing site-specific artworks among the machinery and various workspaces, with sound artists People Person, Wet Kiss and Waterfall Person tackling the space sonically.

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According to Maxwell, the show, which was developed with the support of Banyule City Council, is an opportunity to de-mythologise contemporary art for a wider audience and de-ghettoise art from its usual inner-city haunts and institutions. While Melbourne has a vibrant recent history of unconventional art spaces and platforms, Industrial Estate takes things a step further, engaging with a community well outside the contemporary art scene's reach.

''People from this area feel like the city doesn't belong to them,'' says Maxwell, whose partner Dirk Leuschner runs Woodcraft Mobiliar. ''They're most likely not going to go in and seeMelbourne Now. So if there's any way that I can encourage those people to come and look at these works and that these artists can create works that help speak of a sense of place or belonging, then that's great … It's just about encouraging a sense of esteem.''

Artist Kiera Brew Kurec has created a collection of clothing that plays with the notion of bridging or collapsing social divides. ''When I was thinking about this show, I started thinking about, as an artist, how much time I spend in industrial areas buying and gathering materials for shows … having really strange conversations with people who have no idea of what the hell you're making in the end, but who really want to help you get to that end result,'' she says.

Dubbed Clothing For Harmonic Living, the collection takes the form of ''pyjama suits that can be worn to bed or as functional apparel''. The suits will be free to take and the audience will be encouraged to wear them in the space on opening night.

''They're mid-grey, which is the point of flux between the binary opposites of black and white,'' Kurec says. ''So it's about the questions of what it is to inhabit this grey area between these two poles of our lives and … unifying the extremities of our everyday experience.''

Ash Kilmartin's sculptural work, too, brings together apparently disparate motifs and factors. Referencing the form of a rudimentary, hypothetical sundial, the work comprises a bronze cast of a window handle from her former studio and a wax cast of a drain cover from the Woodcraft Mobiliar car park. It will sit beneath one of the building's skylights, catching the midday sun, which will in turn soften the wax so as to ''take on the grit and dust and debris of the warehouse floor''.

Helen Grogan has also chosen to engage directly with the site, installing a large mirror beneath the factory's industrial belt sander that will trace the build up of dust and detritus. Sean Peoples' hilarious sculptural work, meanwhile, takes the form of a rusted, kitsch, neo-gothic wine holder and is embedded with art history references. Created using a 3D printer, metal pigment paint and an oxidising patina of his own urine, the work at once references Andy Warhol's Factory, Piss Paintings and Campbell's Soup Cans (the wine bottle in Peoples' work is filled with his own urine, expelled after drinking no less than three cans of Campbell's Soup).

Maxwell's own work pulls together traces of the site, her own familiar history and some fashion quirks unique to her recently adopted home suburb. ''As an artist living with a fine furniture maker, I always felt really inspired by the workshop and the industrial estate and wanted to celebrate it in a sense,'' she says.

''I want people to feel stimulated in their own suburb … I guess I'm just trying to get people to think differently about Heidelberg West.''

Industrial Estate opens on Friday, January 10, from 5pm and runs until Monday, January 13. Open 10am-6pm daily at Woodcraft Mobiliar, 12 Kolora Road, Heidelberg West.

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Sep
8
to Aug 9

Industrial Estate Publication Launch

Industrial Estate Newsprint Publication

Published by Kym Maxwell

Edited by Kym Maxwell and Ziga Testen 

Photography by Elliott Lauren
Designed by Ziga Testen
Typeset in FF Balance Bold
Printed in the UK and AU in an edition of 300 ISBN-10 
0-9924117-1-8
ISBN-13 978-0-9924117-1-8 

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