Technical advancements and production techniques in art and design have changed the landscape of creative output. However traditional construction techniques are still being used as part of many creative practices, often in unchanged ways. Glass production and paper folding are techniques used by Kaori Kato and Tegan Empson to create contemporary design/art artefacts.
Creating links between geometry, precision and construction, pattern features prominently in the works of Phoebe McDonald, Rebecca Ross and Grace Tan. Pattern emerges from the precise construction techniques used, creating works that are abstract and multi-dimensional. The hands-on exploration of materials and construction means the resulting works are unique and collectable.
What is design? What is art? Are these terms still relevant in the second decade of the 21st century? SGAR explores the possibilities of these questions and extends the boundaries of the often contested traditional disciplines termed ‘art’ and ‘design’. Experimental process and material exploration, regardless of medium, is at the core of creative practice and SGAR provides a platform where boundaries are merged and new terminology is defined.