Collaborative video installation exhibition with artist-run initiative inbetweenspaces.
Quatrain is a collaborative cross-disciplinary project by Brisbane based designer Karina Seljak and inbetweenspaces. Seljak’s practice experiments with free-form garment construction techniques inspired by ancient and traditional approaches to drapery. For this project, Seljak has collaborated with inbetweenspaces to experiment with ephemeral exhibition approaches for presenting garments, using pieces from her graduate collection entitled The Floating World. Instead of presenting clothing as static objects on mannequins, the garments have been captured with video to highlight the relations between the body, draped cloth, movement and time. These videos are presented in the gallery to form an environment of large, floating projections.
The video medium captures and foregrounds the movements between the body and garment, connecting the construction and design process to the method of exhibition display. As projections the garments develop an ethereal, haunting presence highlighting the body’s role in shaping the lines and volumes of the designed forms.
In the spatial arts, drapery is a unique skill that connects the embellishment and division of architectural features to the clothing of the body. In this exhibition materials are draped to form surfaces for projections that inspire a consideration of the material and sculptural qualities of cloth. In this sense, Quatrain experiments with a hybrid space from which to consider both clothing design and art through a meditation on ephemerality, form, surface and image.
inbetweenspaces is Metro Arts 2010 ARI-In-Residence, creating projects across a range of spaces including Studio 3.10 Metro Arts. As a one year experiment, inbetweenspaces is running an experimental gallery program to facilitate new experimental, trans-disciplinary and collaborative exhibition outcomes. Differing from conventional programs this exhibition model follows transitory connections between creative practitioners and projects so new experimental artworks
emerge, collide and interact.
Quatrain from Karina Seljak on Vimeo.