Crumbling Ecologies

Crumbling Ecologies interrogates the impact of the economic climate on both environmental conservation and arts education in Melbourne. In times of economic crisis both art and conservation funding is cut, raising questions on their value to culture and society.

Art Exhibition previously on at Craft Victoria in Melbourne precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Friday 27 April 2012 to Saturday 09 June 2012
Launch Thursday 26 April 2012, 6pm - 8pm

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Published by Jasmine Targett on Saturday 21 April 2012.
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A response to the ongoing threatened closure of many media specific courses across Victoria, the works examine the relevancy of these materials within contemporary arts practice and the impact the loss of educators will have on Melbourne’s artistic culture.

The central work in the exhibition Crumbling Ecology, features thousands of hand made geranium leaves that upon closer inspection appear on the brink of crumbling, embodying the story of their makers- the artists directly impacted. Over 100 artists, students and teachers have helped contribute to making 35,000 delicate hand-made porcelain geraniums in a nod to the fragility of the art community.

The audience will determine the works value; viewers are invited to take a leaf for free or pay what they think it is worth.

Why Geraniums-

In many parts of the world there are species of geranium that are critically endangered or extinct. In Australia the garden geranium is on the Australian National Heritage Trust’s Alert List for Environmental Weeds that threaten biodiversity and cause environmental damage. Soon to become a huge pest to Victoria’s native flora and fauna, they are one of the most popular commercially sold garden plants. In Melbourne, geraniums sit ambiguously between a plant and a weed deriving connotations of being out-dated and old fashioned. One of the key arguments used to justify the closure of the craft studios is that these materials and practices have become out-dated and no longer relevant to contemporary arts practice and research. Geraniums symbolise the economic impact on the ecological equilibrium and the importance of preserving craft as a diverse form of contemporary arts practice.

Location

Craft Victoria

31 Flinders Lane
Melbourne 3000