Author(s): edited by Jane O’Neill
Fabrik: conceptual, minimalist and performative approaches to textiles illuminates the cross-pollination of ideas across the fields of fashion, textiles and contemporary art. Featuring a selection of new and existing works, the publication includes emerging, mid-career and established artists from Australia and overseas. The word fabrik translates from German as ‘workshop’, and refers to the tendency of these artists to address both materials and methods of production. Whether scrunched, snipped, draped, ironed, ripped or threaded, the artworks reveal a strong emphasis on the artists’ physical engagement with textiles. By extension, Fabrik prompts consideration of our own daily interactions with fabric. The publication, edited by Jane O’Neill with texts by Kelly Gellatly, Sean Ryan and Jane O’Neill, accompanies a multi-venue exhibition held at the University of Melbourne’s Ian Potter Museum of Art and Margaret Lawrence Gallery at the VCA, and Sutton Project Space (Feb–May 2016). 29 featured artists: Kay Abude, John Barbour, Clementine Barnes, Peter Collingwood, Sarah crowEST, Christine Dean, ADS Donaldson, Mikala Dwyer, David Egan, Andreas Exner, Dana Harris, Louise Haselton, Ash Kilmartin, Zac Langdon-Pole, Matthew Linde, Mark McDean, Elizabeth Newman, Michelle Nikou, Rose Nolan, Virginia Overell, Janet Passehl, Elizabeth Pulie, Stuart Ringholt, Robert Rooney, Simone Slee, Kate Sylvester, Lyndal Walker, Jenny Watson, Heimo Zobernig.