···············2.03.12Adelaide International 2012: Restless
···············20.04.12Sidney Nolan: the Gallipoli series
···············22.06.12NOW and WHEN: Australian urbanism
···············03.08.12Beyond the self: Contemporary portraiture from Asia
···············03.08.12Irrational and Idiosyncratic
Irrational and Idiosyncratic is a Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art exhibition.
Image: Khai LIEW & Bruce NUSKE, Bruce cabinet (detail), 2010, American white oak, oxidation fired porcellaneous stoneware, slip, stain, sgraffito decoration. Photograph by Grant Hancock, courtesy the artists.
Irrational and Idiosyncratic
Adelaide artists Khai Liew and Bruce Nuske have collaborated to present Irrational and Idiosyncratic, a body of seven works inspired by the 19th-century European response to all things oriental, in particular the prevailing Japanese aesthetic that culminated in the cult of beauty, associated with the Aesthetic Movement in England, and its Italian variation, Decadentismo. The exhibition explores the materials of wood and clay, and the resulting dialogue between the two mediums.
One of Australia’s most respected furniture designers, Khai Liew is Adjunct Professor, School of Art, Architecture and Design, University of South Australia. Bruce Nuske is an internationally recognised ceramic artist and alumnus of the University of South Australia. Both artists have a deep and abiding interest in the visual history of the Aesthetic Movement. Although working in very different mediums, they share a similar aesthetic vision and their collaborative output revels in a shared visual language.
Irrational and Idiosyncratic - Media release (PDF file, 480kb)
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