Hugo Michell Gallery invites you to the opening of PROTEST SIGNS by Kate Just and Purple haze by Min Wong. Please note that due to the current government restrictions visitors are required to wear a mask and check-in upon arrival.
Kate Just
PROTEST SIGNS are a series of intensively produced, hand-knitted pictures of protest signs mounted on canvas and wooden boards. Each picture or sign forms a knitted homage to a real image of protest the artist has collected on and offline including from social media, news media or real protests. This suite of knitted protest signs addresses a broad range of significant social and political issues of our time including feminism, sexual harassment and assault, reproductive freedom, LGBTQIA+ pride and discrimination, racism, sexism, transphobia, and ecological crisis.
The intimate, complex translation of these hand-made signs into knitted form invites a close tactile engagement with the value of protest signs – which are usually ephemeral, dynamic, funny, made by everyday people with at hand material, and discarded after use. This body of work about the ‘signs of our times’ continues Just’s engagement with urgent social change movements and heralds the potential we all have to change the world with our own two hands.
Min Wong
Purple haze is an ongoing investigation into acts of ritual, spiritual intent and mediated spaces within domestic settings. Purple haze adopts interior design strategies to sculptural forms to make them into functional objects in which the viewer can participate in ritual. These work can be viewed as spiritual décor, a reimagined visual language for contemporary esoterica.
The work hybridises iconography to combine symbols of consumerism and spirituality. It borrows visual symbols from energy medicines such as crystal healing, chakra balancing, and astrology. Practices that are largely transactional, commodifying human interactions with the natural world and its elements. Such mixing and reconfiguration prompt viewers to re-examine their assumptions about holistic practices, interconnected consciousness, and their relationship with nature. Purple hues represent Sahasrara, the seventh primary chakra in Tantric yoga. This colour is associated with pure consciousness and other attributes including wealth, extravagance, grandeur, and devotion.
Please join us in celebrating the launch of these two exhibitions!
Hugo Michell Gallery acknowledges the Kaurna people as the traditional custodians of the Adelaide region, and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today.