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Exhibitions

Andrea Jenkins

Vacancy

Tuesday 23 October - Saturday 3 November, 2012



Documenting Melbourne’s forgotten spaces with a touch of silk

Andrea Jenkins is a Melbourne-based artist whose professional practice has remained centered in, around and about Melbourne throughout the last decade.

In her forthcoming exhibition, Vacancy, Jenkins explores Melbourne’s empty spaces. She weaves her way around the bustling business district, up and down stairwells, through alleyways and behind closed doors.

Jenkins marries traditional methods to produce contemporary results. Working on a base of linen or patternmaking paper, she combines shellac, charcoal, oil paint, rabbit skin glue and Japanese ink with layers of fine silk. The latter material is particularly significant, a link to the bygone years, harking back to the city’s beginnings in the rag trade and commerce.

Today silk adorns the city’s fashionistas and the necks of the corporate. Her sculptures are set on the solidity of bluestone, Melbourne’s signature building material.

There is an underlying sense of emptiness, remoteness, perhaps even loneliness in the paintings and drawings but also in the somewhat macabre sculptural figures. Jenkins imparts a quiet stillness inviting the viewer to dwell with her in these precious spaces, forgotten but not gone.

Vacancy is supported by the City of Melbourne through the Arts Grants Program.

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Opening:
Tuesday 23 October 2012, 5-7pm
Exhibition:
Tuesday 23 October to 3 November 2012
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Thursday 11am-5pm, Friday 11am-7pm, Saturday 12- 4pm