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Fabrik: conceptual, minimalist and performative approaches to textiles | Emblem Books

Fabrik: conceptual, minimalist and performative approaches to textiles

Fabrik illuminates the cross-pollination of ideas across the fields of fashion, textiles and contemporary art. Featuring a selection of new and existing works, the publication includes emerging, mid-career and established artists from Australia and overseas. The word fabrik translates from German as ‘workshop’, and refers to the tendency of these artists to address both materials and methods of production. Whether scrunched, snipped, draped, ironed, ripped or threaded, the artworks reveal a strong emphasis on the artists’ physical engagement with textiles. By extension, Fabrik prompts consideration of our own daily interactions with fabric.

The publication accompanies a multi-venue exhibition – conceived by Sarah crowEST and curated by Jane O’Neill – held at the University of Melbourne’s Ian Potter Museum of Art and Margaret Lawrence Gallery at the VCA, and Sutton Project Space (Feb–May 2016).

Featured artists: Kay Abude, John Barbour, Clementine Barnes, Peter Collingwood, Sarah crowEST, Christine Dean, ADS Donaldson, Mikala Dwyer, David Egan, Andreas Exner, Dana Harris, Louise Haselton, Ash Kilmartin, Zac Langdon-Pole, Matthew Linde, Mark McDean, Elizabeth Newman, Michelle Nikou, Rose Nolan, Virginia Overell, Janet Passehl, Elizabeth Pulie, Stuart Ringholt, Robert Rooney, Simone Slee, Kate Sylvester, Lyndal Walker, Jenny Watson, Heimo Zobernig


Since receiving an Honours Degree in Fine Arts from Sydney University in 1995, Jane O’Neill has established herself as an active participant in the Australian contemporary art community. She has curated more than 30 contemporary exhibitions throughout Australia and regularly writes catalogue essays and articles. She was the editor of Austral Avenue: an experiment in living with art (Emblem Books, 2012).

Image 1: Virginia Overell, Flag of Convenience, 2015 (detail)
Image 2: David Egan, Untitled (hammock), 2013
Image 3: Clementine Barnes, Colour Field 1, 2015
Image 4: Matthew Linde, thoughts on loneliness, 2015 (detail)
Image 5: Sarah crowEST, From the Collection at Benalla Art Gallery, 2015
Image 6: Elizabeth Pulie, #50 (fucksake), 2014 (detail)