A new exhibition highlighting the design and artistic possibilities of concrete is now open at Design Tasmania.
Concrete: art design architecture is a touring exhibition curated by JamFactory's curatorial director Margaret Hancock Davis and chief executive Brian Parkes.
The exhibition includes work by 21 Australian artists, designers and architects, and highlights how concrete is used in contemporary artistic expression.
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JamFactory chief executive Brian Parkes said the exhibition highlights the versatility of concrete which makes it possible for artists to create pieces that would be impossible using other mediums.
"It's a kind of miracle substance, it's a liquid that turns into a solid. It can take on the form of anything that you can cast," he said.
"It's something we take for granted every day, and looking at really creative approaches from these artists, designers and architects kind of makes us appreciate it much more."
Mr Parkes said no matter the venue the response to the exhibition was always positive with many people surprised by the versatility of the material.
"We've got work in the show - like there are beautiful small pieces of jewellery. There are sculptural works with incredible detail, and even in some bigger architectural projects around," he said.
Mr Parkes said one piece that epitomises the essence of the exhibition is a bust set in concrete by Western Australia Abdul-Rahman Abdullah.
It's a bust of his brother in law who was a boxer, and it's this harsh hard portrait of masculinity," he said. "His nose was broken several times and something about it being captured in concrete gives you a sense of the sort of hardness, toughness of this character."
"The material and the kind of story of what it's about, somehow, perfectly aligned."
Concrete: art design architecture is on display at Design Tasmania until September 5. Admission is free.
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