Built Worlds at Jam Factory Adelaide

Built Worlds at Jam Factory Adelaide

Architectural scale models and sculptures have played a crucial role in aiding architects in their exploration of design possibilities, facilitating the communication of complex ideas, and bringing depth to two-dimensional drawings. Throughout history, from the ancient cities and temples of various civilizations to the intricate cathedrals of the Renaissance and the grand palaces of the Baroque era, architectural models have given tangible form to an architect's vision of new structures and cityscapes. These models continue to be essential in contemporary town planning and urban development. Beyond their practical applications, architectural miniatures have also unlocked the potential for creating imaginative and fantastical structures, pushing the boundaries of what is structurally and feasibly possible in the real world.

The exhibition 'Built Worlds' which is now showing at The Jam Factory in Adelaide explores architectural miniatures. This exhibition features the work of five contemporary ceramic artists who use clay to explore architectural themes and who are inspired by the built environment, including Charmaine Ball, Grace Brown (Oh Hey Grace), Jane McKenzie, Natalie Rosin, and Tom Summers.
'Built Worlds' is showing at Jam Factory Adelaide in Gallery Two until 23 April 2023.
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In her most recent body of work, Brown uses architectural forms and impossible structures to explore the mysterious realms of imagination and themselves in the creative possibilities of the unknown. Geometric shapes and silhouettes are paired with a minimal colour palette and sumptuous gold detailing to allude to the aesthetics of ancient monuments and utopian cityscapes, as though each sculpture has been bleached white by the sun whilst holding precious relics from another time. “Creative escapism can provide relief from the stresses of daily life and help us to dream of stronger connections to ourselves, others and the world around us,” Brown says. “The abstract forms, impossible structures and gold detailing allows the viewer to let go of the constraints of reality and enter into a world where anything is possible.”
Natalie Rosin, sandcastle sanctuary I, 2022, sandy raku clay, 280 x 200 x 250 mm, photograph courtesy of the artist
Tom Summers, Josef Vessel, 2022, stoneware, 120 x 220 x 180, photograph courtesy of the artist

Grace Brown, Sun and Moon, 2023, white raku and gold lustre, 230 x 240 x 115 mm, photographer: Jessica Grilli

Jane McKenzie, Polydoba Folly, 2022, terracotta, 370 x 360 x 380, photograph courtesy of the artist

Charmaine Ball, Obdurate, 2022, black clay, 260 x 230 x 150 mm, photographer: Eva Fernandez

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