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Golden Plains Exhibition

Recent works by Ruby Pilven & Peter Pilven

An exhibition of family likeness, and difference.

In this exhibition by a father and daughter, Ruby Pilven and Peter Pilven, we note how, in broad terms, the tactile mode is activated in Pete's work, and the visual mode in Ruby's. Peter's bowls have robustly scalloped rims that offer a particularly intense haptic experience. Certainly the vessel's heft is only gauged when they are handled.

It is the eye that is seduced by Ruby's subtle colour chords and complex patterns. Significantly, by using coloured porcelain clay, she turns body and decoration into one and the same thing.

Pete and Ruby have an easy working relationship and it was probably inevitable that they would dive headfirst into collaboration. This demanded a lively give and take, and colour in particular. was a matter for 'lots of negotiation'. Somehow in the end, serendipity was able to work its magic.

Notes: Geoff Wallis

Artist talk: Ruby and Peter Pilven in conversation, Wed 21 March at 12.30pm, Post Office Gallery.

Opening: Sat 17 March, 4 for 4.30pm | Opening by Gordon Morrison, Director, Art Gallery of Ballarat
Exhibition: 14 March to 7 April | 12pm-5pm Wed to Sat
Where: Post Office Gallery, Arts Academy, Camp Street Campus, Federation University