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Towards an Origin: Michael Kay


Academy Gallery Exhibition

Start Date

July 16, 2018 9:00 pm

End Date

Sept 7, 2018 5:00 pm


Academy Gallery, Inveresk

Michael Kay, Cradle Mountain, 2006, Hand woven, Hand dyed mercerized cotton, 4.0 meters x 1.2 meters

Exhibition opening guest speaker: Anthony Wright, TasTAFE Executive Director of Business Growth and Major Projects
Artist: Michael Kay
Exhibition opening: 5.30 - 7pm Monday 16 July
Exhibition dates: 16 July - 7 September
Exhibition curator: Dr Malcom Bywaters

Also see Artist Michael Kay in conversation with Dr. Malcom Bywaters at the Academy Gallery 5.30pm Monday 30 July and 5.30pm Monday 6 August.

In a world where the “arts” are being more & more promoted in relation to the scientific, the artworks produced by Michael Kay remind us of the artist as maker. As a craftsperson Kay is primarily concerned with the traditional action and activity of making. Through the working of textiles and cloth – a working that is tied to the sensation of material – his artworks are a return to the artist as maker. The movement of the hands, the repetition of actions, the feet pressing the pedals and the sounds of the slip of the weaving shuttle all contribute to the expression of a passionate commitment to the personal activity of the artist in the act of making. The outcome of a deep experiential immersion, Kay’s textile artworks ultimately reveal themselves as signifiers of time, place and locality. His artworks are arbitrators of transformation, often returned to over an extended time period. For Kay there is no ending, completion or closure. The artworks deliver a romantic openness, one conveyed with the simplicity of landscaped texture based within a transformative process.

Although producing traditional style tapestries Kay has produced a new form of contemporary textile innovation, based on a unique “weaving and dyeing” technique. The majority of the works are woven pieces but he also works with dyed, hand and machine stitched pieces, manipulated, melted, sculptural fabric forms and interactive images using overhead projectors that allow participation by the viewer. At home within Tasmania, much of what Kay produces reflects upon the reality of living and making within an island state.

*Kay’s exhibition will include a series of ‘maker workshops’ promoted as “pop ups” at the Academy Gallery. The workshop aims will be to broaden the scope of community engagement beyond the University and TasTAFE student, staff cohort.

Towards an Origin continues the Academy Gallery program of showing the artwork produced by Academy of the Arts lecturing staff. In past years the Academy Gallery has exhibited works by Dr. Wayne Z Hudson, Dr. Troy Ruffels, Penny Mason and David Marsden. Curated by Dr. Malcom Bywaters, Towards an Origin: Michael Kay is first time that the Academy Gallery has showcased a TasTAFE teaching staff member.

Towards an Origin: Michael Kay forms part of the Academy Gallery X Factor Program. The X Factor Program aims to assist and promote mid-career artists who have established significant profiles as creative producers

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Image credit: Michael Kay, Cradle Mountain, 2006, Hand woven, Hand dyed mercerized cotton, 4.0 meters x 1.2 meters

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School of Creative Arts
Academy of the Arts, Inveresk, Launceston
University of Tasmania

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