NGV Triennial

NGV Triennial

S|LC got all cultural at the NGV this month, where we saw the Triennial exhibition and all we can say is LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! It was seriously amazing and it was FREE! The sheer scale and grandeur of the installations found us lost, fixated and immersed in the exhibition.

The exhibition features the work of over 100 artists and designers from 32 countries in a celebration of contemporary art and design. Exploring cutting edge technologies, architecture, animation, performance, film, painting, drawing, fashion design, tapestry and sculpture.

S|LC was captivated by the exhibits work through smell, touch and sound. It was easy to get lost in the countless number of rooms being transformed by large-scale sculptures and expressions of work. S|LC was particularly transfixed by the following artists…

Flower Obsession

Flower Obession was inspired by touch and its our love of interaction that drew us into this space, with its clever nature of involving everyone to participate in the creation and evolution of the artwork. This installation was a truly immersive experience empowered people to take part by placing a flower anywhere within the space. We found ourselves lost within the creation of the artwork covered in flowers. This was by far the largest space in physical terms, occupied by an entire furnished apartment constructed at the direction of artist Yayoi Kusama.

NGV Triennial - Flower Obession
NGV Triennial - Flower Obession

Mass

S|LC was particularly moved by Mass, a collection of enormous plaster skulls by Australian born Ron Muesk pilled in a room within the NGV heritage wing. The artist known for his hyper-real sculptural techniques created 100 precise, outsized replications of human skulls. Observing these giant skulls was quite disturbing and confronting, reminding us of death, while being quietly peaceful and provoking a sense of calmness. As if the artist was trying to remind us of the transience of life and how we should appreciate every minute.

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Manga Chairs

The work of Japanese artist Nendo ‘Manga Chairs’ was the last sequence on the ground floor, which was truly captivating. Exploring the way objects can be expressive – creating the impression of movement whilst playing with our sense of perspective. Each of the fifty standard chairs is reimagined with a design element drawn from manga; lines that depict movement, speech bubbles and symbols are used to visualise emotion.

Creative Director, Louisa Curtis’ mantra for S|LC business is ‘simplicity is the highest form of sophistication’. With this in mind she was drawn to the sheer simplicity of the installation and the movement and emotion each chair evoked.

NGV Triennial - Manga Chairs
NGV Triennial - Manga Chairs

The NGV Triennial is open until 15th April 2018 - For more information visit the NGV Website.