18 April - 5 July 2009

THING exhibtion - Jeroen Verhoeven: Cinderella table 2005

Jeroen Verhoeven

Cinderella table 


CNC-cut birch plywood


80 x 132.1 x 101.6cm

State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia

Purchased 2008

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The Art Gallery of Western Australia has a strong tradition in the collection and display of craft and design. Central to this engagement have been the three Triennials held at the Gallery over the late eighties and nineties. 

THING beware the material world extends this legacy by bringing together a range of works which challenge our perceptions of what design is and can be. A bold exhibition of furniture, lighting, sculpture and photography from across the globe, it celebrates the human impulse to shape and re-shape the world around us. THING includes works made from a range of processes including hi-tech machining, creative recycling and delicate handcrafting. Instead of focussing on style, THING opens up a consideration of the material forces and design imperatives that have brought these objects into being. 

THING includes a range of stand-out design objects by makers such as Khai Liew, Borge Morgensen, Emile Galle, Walter Burley Griffin, Robert Prenzel, Korban/Flaubert, Robert Foster, Finn Juhl, and more. Such work is juxtaposed against those pushing the technical possibilities of modern technology and materials by makers as diverse as Jeroen Verheoven, James Angus and Michael Cooper.Contextualising this stream of objects are other works that implicitly critique common design agendas that seem to celebrate a one-dimensional and highly class-based notion of 'the good life'.  This includes work by Atelier Van Lieshout, FriendsWithYou, Ricky Swallow, Richard Giblett, Miles Collyer, Max Pam, and Christian de Vietri. 

The show will be accompanied by a colour catalogue, which is available for purchase from the Gallery Shop.

THING also presents works purchased for the Peter Fogarty Design Collection over the past five years. The Peter Fogarty Design Collection was initiated in order to collect works by Australian craft and design artists previously unrepresented in the State Art Collection. Makers collected so far are Robin Best, Prue Venables, Sally Marsland, Mari Funaki, Tomek Archer, Korban/Flaubert, Khai Liew, Jasper Dowding, Debra Gurney and Chris Robins.


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Design Challenge 2009

As part of the THING beware the material world exhibition the Art Gallery of Western Australia is proud to offer Design Challenge 2009. The brief is to create a functional chair / seat suitable for 1 adult or 2 adults depending on your current level of studies. For more details download the brief and entry form below.

Who can enter?

There are 3 categories for students to enter: Primary, Secondary and Tertiary. Conditions apply.

Design Challenge Dates
  • Closing Date: 10am Monday 25 May 2009.
  • Delivery of Designs: Thursday 28 May and Friday 29 May 2009
  • Judging: Tuesday 26 May 2009
  • Display Dates: Monday 8 June to Sunday 5 July 2009..
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