Reflections on an installation…
Posted 13 April 2017on:
It is always exciting for me when I am able to be present for installation of one of the Museums & Galleries Queensland (M&G QLD) touring exhibitions. On Tuesday 7 March, I packed my draft Installation Manual and camera, removed all of my jewellery (essentail when installing a glass exhibition) and eagerly headed out to Logan Art Gallery to help with and document installation of Jo Bone’s exhibition In Depth.
M&G QLD has been working with renowned, contemporary glass artist Jo Bone to develop the touring exhibition In Depth and with the support of funding from Arts Queensland, M&G QLD are able to tour this exhibition throughout regional Queensland, firstly to Logan Art Gallery and then off to Texas, Dalby, Tambo, Biloela and Hervey Bay.
In Depth features thirteen beautifully crafted pieces that reflect the sculptural forms, colours and textures of our marine environment. This includes works inspired by shells, sand dollars, cephalopods and molluscs, and an installation comprising seventeen individual glass seagrass fronds.
Staff and volunteers at the Logan Art Gallery were exceptional – thorough in their condition reporting; considerate in their exhibition design; professional in their handling of the precious glass artworks and enthusiastic to learn about the inspiration and complex processes involved in the creation of Jo Bone’s artworks, which they have no doubt been sharing with their gallery visitors.
I was able to complete my Installation Manual for the exhibition, documenting the processes that staff and volunteers undertook as they carefully removed and displayed the glass artworks. This ensured that I can provide the following venues on the exhibition tour with comprehensive instructions for unpacking, condition reporting, handling and installation.
I’d like to thank artist Jo Bone and the team at Logan Art Gallery (in particular Sophie and Gillian) for a great installation day. Jo is heading out to most regional locations on the tour to provide Artist Talks and workshops – keep an eye on the M&G QLD website and Facebook for details.
In Depth is a touring exhibition in partnership with Jo Bone and Museums & Galleries Queensland. This Project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.