Exhibitions    Sighting Memory

17.08.17 to 28.08.17

SIGHTING MEMORY

Identity and relationships, memory and emotion: some of the most explored themes in contemporary society. Observations of human relationships: deep, body-embedded memories of personal experiences. Combine these subjects with the re-use of old textiles and you have a contemplative and sensitive appraisal of life.

Sighting Memory is a joint exhibition of new work by artists Rhonda Pryor and Sepideh Farzam, opening in gallery 2 at Gaffa in Sydney’s CBD on 17 August.

Human beings long for connection. The ability of cloth to hold traces of direct personal contact make it perfect memory stuff. It can hold traces of body shape, show unique signs of wear by its user, even bear an individual’s DNA. This exhibition demonstrates what a fascinating substance cloth is to work with.

Both artists, while working across several disciplines, appreciate the significance of textiles and their ability to trigger a memory response. Fragments of old, worn clothing combine with other materials to draw attention to the uniqueness and intimacy of human ties and the feelings they spark. With a keen sensitivity to observation, Sighting Memory explores these themes in an abstract way, addressing identity and referencing portraiture.

 

GAFFA 

281 Clarence Street, Sydney, NSW 2000

Familial by Rhonda Pryor

Familial  2017

Belgian linen, reclaimed textiles (wool tartan, faux suede), thread, hand painted timber frame

45 x 35 cm

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Suited Up by Rhonda Pryor

Suited Up  2017

Belgian linen, reclaimed textiles (wool crepe, tweed, velvet), yarn, thread, hand painted timber frame

45 x 35 cm

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Weekend at Home by Rhonda Pryor

Weekend at Home  2017

Belgian linen, reclaimed textiles, thread, yarn, hand painted timber frame

45 x 35 cm

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Verandah by Rhonda Pryor

Verandah  2017

Belgian linen, reclaimed textiles, thread, hand painted timber frame

45 x 35 cm

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Coat Strings by Rhonda Pryor

Coat Strings  2017

Belgian linen, reclaimed textiles (astrakhan, velvet), linen thread, hand painted timber frame

45 x 35 cm

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Armchair Critic by Rhonda Pryor

Armchair Critic  2017

Belgian linen, reclaimed textiles (upholstery tapestry, crepe, velveteen), silk & mohair yarn, dacron fill, thread, hand painted timber frame

45 x 35 cm

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Weekend at Home (detail) by Rhonda Pryor

Weekend at Home (detail)  2017

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Sighting Memory (installation view, Gaffa) by Rhonda Pryor

Sighting Memory (installation view, Gaffa)  2017

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A Close Marriage by Rhonda Pryor

A Close Marriage  2017

Reclaimed clothing, silks, thread

200 x 150 cm

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A Close Marriage (detail) by Rhonda Pryor

A Close Marriage (detail)  2017

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