May 12


Luke and Alex

If smashing up crockery is your thing you are going to love The Beak Collection: Volume One. Be warned, however, when Luke Aleksandrow does it, its short on the violence and heavy on the poetry. Luke’s “pseudo ceremonial” breakages actually address the ‘materiality and sensuality’ of the object – which in artistic terms isn’t ultimately destroyed. Rather it is transformed. In other words the breaking of thrown and cast ceramics releases the forces that hold them together, perhaps you could say – sets them free form the codification and confinement of “fine china”. In this exhibitions Luke is fussy about what he breaks and the pieces in this exhibition were  gifted by renowned Australian ceramicists, (nice), and there is one work he produced. During the process of breaking, as each falls, the unique sound is recorded and becomes an integral part of the exhibition. Again this opens up a whole new way of understanding an object defined formerly for its silence. On the surface this seems like a kind of whacky idea – the remains of each object are carefully swept against the gallery wall and presented with the broom – however on closer inspection there are multilayered philosophical references that speak to the nature and exploration of objects – in particular objects of art. Yes its profound ! But best not to take my word for it. At CCAS Manuka until 21 May.

Shags and David (Luke in the middle)

Sophie and Layan

Mel and Leon

Sabrina and Merryn

Annika and Anni

Alex (right) and friend