Art of the Cuff – Media Release
MELBOURNE FRINGE FESTIVAL – ART OF THE CUFF 2015
Exhibition opening: 15 September 2015 – 5.30 to 7.30
Exhibition: 16 September to 3 October 2015
Melbourne (July 2, 2015) –Lord Coconut will draw the focus back to the humble men’s cuff in the Art of the Cuff exhibition. Curated by Lord Coconut, Melbourne’s only handcrafted men’s accessories boutique, Art of the Cuff will be presented in conjunction with the 2015 Melbourne Fringe Festival.
Back for a fourth year, the exhibition will feature a select group of Melbourne-based contemporary artists, jewellers & designers who will customise a plain white French Cuff. The cuffs will link to their own artistic practice and will reflect the contemporary jewellery in-store at Lord Coconut.
Among the featured artists is ADi from Blender Studios. His mixed media piece, ‘Artifact #3’, continues his recent focus on endangered Australian marsupials and in particular the Eastern Barred Bandicoot. ADi states “I enjoy this exhibition as the plain white french cuff at only 7cm x 26cm in size reflects the intimacy of many of my commercial works. The fact that the cuff must form a significant part of the submitted artwork adds to the challenge of producing the finished piece”.
Artist and gallery owner Beth Hulme’s piece ‘All My Moving Parts’ in acrylic and ink plays with the concept of an automaton humanoid figure. Hulme states “This group show, which is based upon the French Cuff, gives a diverse range of artisans an opportunity to present their work in a unique environment. Lord Coconut is a unique Melbourne store. Utilising a traditional object in an unorthodox way as the basis for the exhibition, allows the exhibition to enhance the unique place Lord Coconut has within the local art scene and the Fringe Festival itself”
With over 40 inventive artisans at the helm, Lord Coconut’s Art of the Cuff promises to be a truly exciting occasion.