Studio Start-up 2016 Exhibition
The Abbotsford Convent's Studio Start-up 2016 recipients, Yuria Okamura and Jessica Curry, present a joint exhibition in St Heliers Street Gallery.
A key Convent initiative, Studio Start-up is designed to help emerging artists make the transition from studying to having a professional career in the arts. Okamura and Curry were both awarded a rent-free studio space for six months each in 2016.
Okamura's art practice focuses on geometric drawing both on paper and walls. Her drawings reference and reconfigure abstract forms and patterns from across cultures and histories through visual languages used in diagrams and architecture. In this way, Okamura explores geometry's universal qualities and utopian implications, and its potential as a visual tool for reinterpreting various idealities.
Curry's art practice explores desire and the way it moves between the material and immaterial. Focusing on consumerist culture and the subliminal messages that operate between the object and consumer, Curry investigates the real and ideal and the fetishtic treatment of objects. Last year Curry exhibited new images at the NKN Pop Up Gallery on Collins Street.