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Tactile Space Group Show


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Tactile SpaceOpening Fri Jun 28, 6–9pmLamington Drive
Group ShowExhibition runs52 Budd St
-Sat Jun 29 – Sat Aug 3, 2024Collingwood 3066

Lamington Drive is pleased to present Tactile Space – a collection of sculptural forms by contemporary artists Abbey Rich, Emmy Webbers, Lawn Bowls, Madeleine Thornton-Smith and Mud Top. Curated by Shena Jamieson.The featured work ranges from small scale structures and wall-based reliefs to large freestanding fabricated furniture across a range of materials including glass, wood, metal and ceramics. Many of the pieces share motifs from nature – plants, shells, flowers, animals and insects – that each artist expresses uniquely in their own distinctive style.Navigating the work on display, seeing it from multiple vantage points and imagining the tactile qualities of the surface, weight, mass and volume was theorised by Herbert Read in The Art of Sculpture (1956) and remains relevant to contemporary works. Rather than physically touching the artwork, the ability to imagine these tangible qualities and be moved by them provides a respite from the disembodied digital ai realm and reconnects us with the physical feeling space.The artists were also invited to supply contextual items such as preliminary sketches, photos, test pieces and ephemera that uncovers further insights around process and inspiration.Join us Fri Jun 28, 6–9pm for the opening, drinks sponsored by Molly Rose Brewing. Exhibition continues until Sat Aug 3, 2024.About the artists
Mud Top is a joint venture between Ben Jones and Basil Papoutsidis featuring mosaic table-topped steel objects. The result of an ambitious project initiated by the pair between 2020-2022 during the thick of Melbourne’s lockdowns, Mud Top is the first collaboration between their respective sculpture and painting practices. The outcome of this collaboration are fabricated, playful objects that continue the collective conversation and exploration into industrial process.
mudtop.world / @mud_top
Abbey Rich Abbey Rich is a public and exhibiting artist based in Naarm (Melbourne). Since 2017, Abbey has worked with a range of clients in the public space including private clients, festivals, museums, galleries, and Councils, delivering over 50 murals and public works. Their work predominantly looks at gender, pattern and environment, with a particular interest in accessible and community co-designed public art making. Collaboration is key to Abbey’s practice, their work intends to be easily approachable, to be welcoming and to appeal to many people through colour, pattern and warmth. Notably, Abbey has exhibited with MARS, Saint Cloche and James Makin Advisory. With commissions from the Immigration Museum, Minus18 and Yapang Sculpture Park. Their work is held in private collections across Australia, UK, USA and Asia.
abbeyrich.cargo.site / @abbey_rich
Lawn Bowls is the ongoing project of Mianjin-based artist Finn O’Sullivan. Her glasswork is made through a continual process of observing how decorative objects enrich our experiences of domestic spaces. The bright imagery, colour and pattern put into Lawn Bowls holds the force of this conceptual questioning.
Every piece is unlike the last.
lawnbowlsglass.com / @lawn.bowls
Emmy Webbers (aka Wurruck Yambo) is a Gunai/Kurnai person and currently lives on Wurundjeri country. They are an active member of Willum Warrain Gathering Place within the community. Emmy holds a Bachelor in Indigenous studies and has a passion for culture and sharing it to create a safe space for understanding and learning for everyone. Their art covers canvas, murals, digital art and hand-cut and painted wooden sculptures.
wurruckyambo.com / @wurruckyambo
Madeleine Thornton-Smith is a painter and ceramic artist from Melbourne. Madeleine’s practice examines the hierarchy that exists between fine art and craft in relation to class and gender, with a particular interest in subverting meaning through remediation. Employing a slow process of accumulation and repetition, she uses slip-casting to bring together commonplace studio material surfaces and textures with archetypal forms from fine art and ceramics - such as vessels, plinths, frames and canvases.
madeleinethornton-smith.com / @madeleinethorntonsmith
Banner image courtesy of Mud Top.Tactile Space Media Release.Tactile Space Exhibition Catalogue


Gallery hours and locationWed to Fri, 11am to 6pm & Sat Midday to 5pm.
52 Budd Street, Collingwood 3066
Lamington Drive recognises the continuing connection of Collingwood to its traditional owners. We remain ever inspired by the historical and contemporary artwork produced by First Nations artists, as a tool for the transformation of cultural knowledge. We honour Elders, past and present, and acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded. Always was, always will be Aboriginal land. Read the full Jacky Winter Statement of Commitment to Australia’s First Nations here.The gallery's accessibility information can be found here.For media enquiries, please contact Gallery Manager, Shena Jamieson [email protected] or call +61(0)3.8060.9745To receive show catalogues or to get irregular email updates on openings and other events, sign up to our newsletter below:


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