Too Much of Everything is a group exhibition that explores a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach to practice, featuring a selection of Melbourne based and international designers and artists.
In a world of global over production, products are no longer an extension of a certain lifestyle, but rather lifestyle has become the social extension of the product. ‘Design’ plays a complex and sometimes ambiguous role in formulating our notions of lifestyle, our relationship to consumer products, and the creation of our self-identity.
Too much of everything brings together a selection of Melbourne based and international designers/artists whose practices all stem from different positions in relation to the role of design and lifestyle production. The exhibition explores collective and multidisciplinary protocols of production, and freely expropriates the visual language, cultural codes, and functionalities typically designated by the established categories of ‘design,’ including (but not limited to) fashion design, graphic design, product design, architecture etc, Too Much of Everything is able to interrupt (however momentarily) and critically interject its designers and artists ideas into this particular (over) flow of cultural production.
The exhibition will be held at Y3K in Fitzroy, Melbourne. Y3K, is a new open model gallery, incorporating three multi-function spaces. It facilitates exhibitions, events, retail, offices, architectural interventions, multi-disciplinary design projects, artist dinners, film screenings and other such social networking events.
The exhibition is coordinated by ffiXXed, a collaborative fashion/art/design project based between Melbourne, Hong Kong and Berlin. Its primary focus is the production of readymade fashion products. ffiXXed was initiated by Kain Picken and Fiona Lau in 2007.
Featuring works by:
BLESS (Germany / France)
Chris L.G. Hill (Australia)
Emmeleine de Mooij, Kinga Kielczynska and Melanie Bonaj (Netherlands)
_____fabrics interseason (Austria)
ffiXXed (Australia / Hong Kong / Germany)
Heinz Peter Knes (Germany)
James Deutsher (Australia)
Matt Hinkley (Australia)
Olivia Barrett (Australia)
Pat Foster and Jen Berean (Australia)
Rob McKenzie (New York)
Slow and Steady Wins the Race (USA)
OPENING SAT JULY 18 6PM Y3K GALLERY
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