Crumbling Ecologies: the impact of impending economic forces on Melbourne’s art and culture.
Jasmine Targett’s Crumbling Ecologies project uses the ecological conundrum as a metaphor to discuss crumbling diversity and sustainability across Victoria’s diminishing arts schools. The works presented critically address how the economic climate has affected the infrastructures that support artistic practice in Victoria, commenting on how the culture of learning is changing.
Crumbling Ecologies is a large collaborative installation made by practicing artists who wish to comment on how the closure of Melbourne’s craft studios will impact their future careers. Currently 50 artists are involved, with participation growing.
Using the critically endangered geranium as a metaphor, the installation will feature thousands of hand made geranium leaves that upon closer inspection appear on the brink of crumbling, embodying the story of their makers. Viewers will be invited to take a leaf for free. Geraniums signify the economic impact on the ecological equilibrium and the importance of preserving craft as a diverse form of contemporary arts practice within Victoria.
Crumbling Ecologies is supported by the City of Melbourne.
LAUNCH Thursday 26 April 2012, 6-8pm
SHOWING 27 April – 9 June, 2012
ARTIST TALKS Saturday 28 April 2012 – 2pm