Unfold and Construct

Bilk – Canberra
13 February –  14 March 2014

For this series of new work Phoebe Porter combines geometric abstraction, bold colour and unexpected asymmetry to create jewellery that resonates with influences of the Bauhaus and Russian Constructivism. Porter manipulates simple geometry such as the line, circle, triangle and square and a reduced palette of primary colours using her typically restrained approach. The contrast of light and heavy line weights used in Bauhaus graphic design is referenced in pieces where solid coloured components are assembled alongside parts made from very fine stainless steel wires. The work demonstrates Porter’s sophisticated use of structure and composition to create forms where each piece is reduced to its simplest expression, embodying the precision and clarity of form that characterises her jewellery to date.

Included in the exhibition is a video work developed in collaboration with artist Sal Cooper. The video reveals the rhythm of each step in the making process and captures Porter’s patient and steady hand working with the tools and machines: moments hidden within each of the finished pieces. Porter’s decision to document and share her making process grew from her observations about the limited understanding many people have about how things are made and their fascination to learn about the making process. Through this work she seeks to highlight the true value of material things in our time of mass production and consumption.

All the pieces in Unfold and Construct are designed to be worn. This is a particular challenge of jewellery: to make pieces that can stand alone as sculptural objects, yet come alive when being worn

Opening 6pm Friday 13 February

Bilk – Gallery for Contemporary Metal and Glass
Palmerston Lane Manuka
Telephone 02 61622761