The Work of Broached Commissions
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
– February 2019
The exhibition “Design Storytellers” shows works by renowned designers reflecting the development of Australian design.
The exhibition is kind of retrospective of the Broached Commissions, a creative design agency founded by Lou Weis in 2010. Its particular approach is to allow different designers to work creatively on a given topic and then merge the work into a collection. This provides the designers with a sounding board and the opportunity to comment on a topic personally. For the viewer, a coherent story on a theme that consists of many different approaches and works emerges, while its essence can be summarised in a single concept. A total of four collections from the Broached Commission are on display: “Broached East”, “Broached Colonial”, “Broached Exceptions”, and “Broached Monsters”. All four have an umbrella theme of globalisation and its consequences.
The exhibition will feature works by both Australian and international designers to provide an exceptional and comprehensive view of the origins of Australian design. The exhibition includes projects by Los Angeles-based Korean artist Mimi Jung, incorporating in a series of glass objects which have never been seen before, her experiences with migration. Other projects are “Paludarium Shigelu” by Japanese artist Azuma Makoto, exploring the complex relationship between Australia and Asia in the 19th century, and Lucy McRae’s “Prickly Lamp” – consisting of 60,000 hand-dyed toothpicks creating a metaphor and voice for critical reflection on the colonial era, and especially, on the precarious living conditions of convicted women.