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Ernesto Neto artwork   Ernesto Neto artwork2

If you are visiting the National Gallery of Victoria in St Kilda Road you might like to pop up to the third level and have a romp in a new acquisition. The NGV has adopted a keener interest in a range of contemporary practice, as evidenced by this exhibition of art from Latin America. The room features artworks which have all been recently acquired by the NGV, coming from countries including Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bougainville, Brazil, Egypt, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, the UK and the USA.

The knitters favourite is by Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto because it is made with fibre and it welcomes audience participation = you can climb in it. Called The Island Bird the suspended artwork is about 10 meters deep and made from polypropylene and polyester rope and filled with plastic balls. It is constructed from crochet and knotted rope (you tell me is this macrame?).

Ernesto Neto detail   Ernesto Neto detail3

Participants can climb in and be suspended above the ground on a bed of plastic balls. It’s fun, give it a go. It will be there until the end of May 2015.

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Kate Just hope   Kate Just detail

If you missed the exhibition by artist Kate Just at Daine Singer gallery late last year you have another chance to view her knitted banners in a group show at the Kings Artist Run gallery. The exhibition has been curated by Alison Lasek and is called Amber Stones and Green, it “brings together four individual artistic practices that link to women’s histories and mythologies; that embody a sense of community and hyper-connectivity.” The exhibition is on until 31 January 2015 and Kings is at level 1, 171 King Street, Melbourne and is open from Wed-Sat, 12-6pm.

Kate Just’s work involved community members in the making of these banners and in the development of their meaning with street marches and photographs. If you like to see knitting being used creatively you might enjoy visiting her work. Some of our Guild members participated in the knitting of sections of the banners. There is always something new to do when it comes to knitting.

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