Desk Construction, 'A Time Like This' exhibition
Annie Wu offers a toolbox of ideas and elides the gallery space with the store, library or workshop to create a total environment. Within the gallery rests specially constructed furniture and plants that fit out the space as a living area; a reference section with books, a range of self-made and peer-made publications, and easy to manipulate instructions for making clothes. Each clothing ensemble is accompanied by instructions so that participants may leap from Wu’s instructions to create their own clothes, and creating in the process new uncontrollable contexts. These free resources are also the basis for the development of new, potentially ongoing relationships as the works themselves rejoin the cycle to become possible future content. (Adapted from catalogue text by Kate Rhodes).
Annie Wu is a Melbourne artist, born in Shanghai and currently based in Amsterdam, studying photography and graphic design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. Her areas of enquiry and practice centre around 1. the association between art and design – bridging a gap between unintentional aesthetics and ideological function. 2. Creation of a constantly evolving and fluid nature of social constructions, interactions and interventions, by employing the self instructional use of unfamiliar artistic devices. 3 How political outcomes can be achieved by “doing more with less”. Wu has exhibited as an artist, musician, photographer, designer, writer, collaborator and curator.
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