In Geometry I Trust – Pt II

Melissa has a solo show running in Sydney. She shares some more details of what’s on the walls.

Hola! So, my new solo exhibition started today. The pieces in this exhibition all began as a part of the pattern that I showed in my last post, Untitled (pattern in metal 4). What I mean by that is, I took apart the sister to that piece, and from all of the pieces that came from the pattern I created the works in the show. No more pieces were used, nor were any left out.

Therefore, in effect there are 2 iterations of the work Untitled (pattern in metal 4) on the walls of Studio 20/17 at the moment. One is a complete piece, unbroken, and the other is made up of the rest of the 37 pieces.

Melissa Cameron. Ray, 2012. Stainless steel, vitreous enamel, 925 silver fixings.

Please come join me to celebrate the opening, this Saturday from 4pm. I’ll also be chatting about the work for 15 minutes beforehand if you’re interested. The show runs until the 17th of March.

In Geometry I Trust

Melissa’s solo exhibition ‘In Geometry I Trust’ opens at Studio 20/17 in Sydney in a few days time…

Melissa Cameron. Untitled (pattern in metal 4). 2011. Stainless steel.

I regard myself as the architect of my own worldview. Yet, like most of us, the foundations of my knowledge are based on truths discovered by others.

Using a code of point and line, on what amounts to an invisible – and borderless – plane, I create plans for jewellery in AutoCad.

To do this work, I accept and use the tenets of Cartesian geometry, almost without question. But how can I rely on this system, when I don’t know exactly how it all works?

I decided to go right back to basics. I sought to rediscover the truths that allow my works to materialise, beginning at the point where philosopher and mathematician René Descartes thought himself, and then the blank plane, into existence.

The drawings, as arranged before you, are the result of this search.

In geometry I trust.

Melissa Cameron, February 2012


My solo exhibition opens at Studio 20/17 in Sydney on Tuesday the 28th of February. There is an opening celebration (preceded by an artist talk) next Saturday the 3rd, with the talk starting at 3:45 and the opening from 4-6pm. The show runs until the 17th of March.

Melissa Cameron, Point, Line, Plane, - Pendant I. 2012. Stainless steel.

Part B

Melissa says goodby to Part B by attending her last meet. Sigh…

So Part B is this Saturday, ably coordinated by Christine Scott-Young, who also organised the January meet.

what: Joyaviva: Live Jewellery from across the Pacific
where: RMIT Gallery – 344 Swanston St, Melbourne
when: Saturday February 25, 2012 at 2pm

As always, this will be followed by a refreshing beverage at a nearby cafe.

Yup, it’s a show I’m in. Nope, it wasn’t my idea, and yep, in case you’re wondering, this will be my last appearance at at Part B for a while.

I’m booked to fly to Seattle on the 17th of March, so I will be around for the artist talk at Joyaviva on the 15th of March. Catch you at RMIT gallery 😉

Northside News

The Northcity4 is where it’s at. Go to their opening on the 2nd of March and feel the love!

So, there’s awesomeness afoot up in the north of our fair city. Now, for those of you not familiar with Melbourne, St Kilda, where I live and work, is the poster child of the south, while the appropriately named Northcote, is one sterling example of the northern experience, which shares its eastern border with Brunswick, the scene of our current tale. To some Melbournites, there exists a huge divide between the two. To others – say those who originated so far east as to have lived most of their lives just about falling off the edge of the other side of the continent a whole 2 states away, if a north/south divide doesn’t involve aeroplane travel, it’s not a thing.

Back to the story. A new collective has taken up digs in the Brunswick, and they’re called Northcity4. Now, in case you’ve missed it, (how could you, they’re all over the internet at the moment?) you can read about them at their own site, or their blog (it finally explains where the blogging part of Anna Davern has been of late. Though this show woulda taken some doing. I digress…) or via many posts on Melbourne Jeweller.

In brief, they’ve opened up a studio for several makers who will be permanently based there, a small showroom for those artists to have client meetings, a project space for residencies by anyone, including newly graduated artists, and a large section for the teaching of workshops, which might just be the access space that they are renting out when not in use.

Now, the seriously important thing is that you attend their launch on Friday the 2nd of March, at the studio itself, 61 Weston Street Brunswick. What else can I say? I’ve been there, and I like it! It has a great feel, and the makers are all friendly and it’s wonderfully close to the busy Sydney Rd, several supplies stores, some great cafes and other local colour.

So please, please, please head along for their opening, if only because I reckon it’s going to be a blast. You’ll want to be there anyway, to check out the space, and the art, and while you’re there you can hear from Marcus Westbury and Natalia Milosz-Piekarska. Get to know the group and get comfortable with the space, as I know it’s going to become an important fixture on the local jewellery scene.

Excuse us…

There was an outage.. Melissa apologises

Excuse the strange error message you may have received in the last day or so, our server was doing an upgrade and a few blogs got lost in the chaos. TurboNerd hammered in some detour signs and brought it all back into line last night, and so here we are. Thanks Turbo!

Meanwhile, at the NGV International

Jewellery in the NGV – where it’s at!

They have had a bit of a re-arrange of the Decorative Arts, and the jewellery has gone from being almost an afterthought in a freestanding cabinet, to having a large wall-mounted vitrine, as well as a second display of two cases and three wall-mounted works. And across the aisle? Paintings! Finally jewellery is in conversation with paintings. And some modern paintings, ones that might actually have some meaning for jewellery/jewellers too.

For all of that, however, there are no works from Australian jewellers on display. Maybe this is because it’s all going into the forthcoming jewellery show (beginning in the NGV in April) but even still, no Australian jewellery, at all?

Well, while I say no works of Australian jewellers, but there is some weaving over in the Art of the Pacific room, made by an Australian resident. I’ve waxed lyrical before about the impressive works of Maryann Talia Pau, which have now found a permanent display in the Art of the Pacific. It would be nice, one day, to see this contemporary work not segregated to what amounts to an ethnographic display, but rather, on display with other works of the same artform. (I see there might be some conflict in my opinions, as I want jewellery with other artworks, but in this case where it is amongst sculpture, painting and rugs, I’m still not happy. Maybe I’m just ornery, but then again, maybe there’s other ways to categorise all this art?)

Not that I’m complaining, NGV. I’m just happy, as was the person who pointed out the new display at the most recent Part B meeting, that there’s finally one whole window permanently (we pray) devoted to jewellery in the whole of the decorative arts room.

Very Melbourne

Art that crosses borders? Harder than it looks…

Launching off from a comment that I remarked upon in a previous post, I wanted to share something I read the following day; a review that compares two stops of a travelling exhibition. In the post, entitled Travelling Beauty: Wilde, Aestheticism and the French, Soersha Dyon talks about an exhibition first displayed at the V&A, which has been remounted, with significant changes, at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.

It is the reaction to the two shows that Dyon describes that is most telling, a reaction which certainly reflects the the difference in audience and critics at work in each of the two cities.

Reading about this large international exhibition pulled into focus the difficulties of difference between geographically and aesthetically different places. I’m still not sold on the idea that ManJewellery could only be a Melbourne show, but it’s interesting to take a line for a walk. No?

Anyway, while I’m still harping on about it, Beka Hannah has posted a blog about her ManJewellery work.

Come to our show!

The C3 project finally gets into the gallery, courtesy of the Joyaviva exhibition in Melbourne.

Next Thursday Joyaviva opens. Along with a bunch of other great artists, Jill and I will have our collaboration the C3 project on show.

There’s also an artist talk on the 15th of March, which we will both be attending. Come along and let us know what you think.