As part of Kate Just’s exhibition PROTEST SIGNS featuring hand knitted homages to protest signs around the world, Just has created a piece to raise funds for charities working on the current Ukrainian humanitarian crisis.
This unique artwork is a hand knitted Ukrainian flag mounted on a plywood board with a Tasmanian oak picket stick. The words PEACE – in black – are knitted into the flag design.
To raise money and go into a draw to win this work, Just is inviting individual members of the public to donate $50 or more to one of three charities:
Care Australia – a Australian charity raising funds to end global poverty. They have an ongoing focus on women and girls and a specific focus on the Ukraine right now:
Click here to donate!
Go Fund me to support Vulnerable Black people in the Ukraine: Diaspora and Students – Many Black people are facing racism in Ukraine. At the borders trying to escape, they are facing abuse and refused access to trains, busses and support. Members of this Black coalition are working with partner orgs and will be travelling to bordering countries to help bring people home and ensure that this process is done smoothly.
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Voices of Children – a Ukraine based charity providing psychological assistance and practical evacuation assistance to women, children and families affected by armed conflict.
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You can donate to any of the three charities. $50 minimum donation, but more is encouraged and welcome.
Provide your name and receipt evidence of your donation to email@example.com
You will go into a draw to win the artwork. The draw will be done live on Instagram stories on morning of the 6th of May and the winner will be also notified by email. The more people who enter, the more impact we will have!
– One entry per person regardless of amount donated
– Individuals only
– Shipping costs covered within Australia only
– Freight will be arranged after the show concludes in mid May
Pictured: Kate Just, Peace (Ukraine), 2022, knitted wool as placard with plywood stand, 56 x 50 cm
The work is inspired by a quotation in Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own (1928). In this feminist polemic, Woolf questions the ways women’s authorship has been judged as inferior to that of men, and systematically made invisible. Woolf says, “I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.” Over time this quote has been rephrased as “Throughout most of history, Anonymous was a woman.” Just states, “Through the making of the work, I meditate upon the immeasurable contributions that women have made to culture and society, and mourn the losses sustained by the erasure or exclusion of many of these gifts from the canon of art history.”
Hugo Michell Gallery welcomes the addition of Kate Just to our represented artists!
Kate Just is an established artist who works with sculpture, installation, neon, textiles and photography to produce art works that promote feminist representations of the body and experience. Just is well known for using textile crafts including knitting as both a narrative device and unwitting political tool. In addition to her highly crafted solo artworks, Just often works socially and collaboratively within the community to tackle significant social issues including sexual harassment and violence against women.
Just holds a PhD in Sculpture from Monash University, a Master of Arts from RMIT University, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Victorian College of the Arts. Just has exhibited her artwork extensively across Australia an internationally including the National Gallery of Australia, ACCA, Artspace, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Craft Victoria, Gertrude Contemporary, RMIT Project Space, the Margaret Lawrence Gallery, CCP, CAST, PICA, CCAS, AIR Gallery and the AC Institute in New York, at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Richmond Virginia, the Rijswijk Museum in the Netherlands, Kunsthalle Krems in Austria, Sanskriti Gallery in New Delhi, Youkobo Artspace in Tokyo and Titanik Galleria in Turku, Finland.
Just’s work is held in numerous public and private collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Artbank, Ergas Collection, the City of Port Phillip, Wangaratta Art Gallery, Ararat Regional Art Gallery and Proclaim Management Collection.
We congratulate Kate on all of her achievements and are thrilled to be working together in the future.
Hugo Michell Gallery invites you to the opening of Justine Varga’s ‘Areola’ and Kate Just’s ‘From China with Love’.
Justine Varga’s artistic practice demonstrates a sustained interrogation of what we assume photographs to be, and what we expect them to do. Utilising physical manipulations of the material surfaces she works with, Varga touches, smears and inverts negatives, she layers and overlaps exposures, she retains the visual residue of their processes of becoming.
Etymologically speaking, the word areola has its roots in Latin, originally referring to a small, open space. Areola also refers to those ‘small spaces between lines or cracks on a leaf or an insect’s wing’.
Made without a camera to act as intermediary, these images are manifestations of physical contact, visual traces of skin on skin. As she presses the pigment-smeared flesh of her hand onto the negative’s surface, Varga repudiates the lens’s definitive frame. Exploiting the tension between negative and positive, Varga’s tactile manipulations of her materials make evident the physicality of her process…Stripping the mechanistic reproductive power of the camera from the process of making a photographic object, Varga posits instead a method of bodily creation. The spatial and conceptual distance between maker and object is collapsed. Particles of skin and saliva mark the photographic skin, the body of the artist pervading the body of work. Stretching the picture’s frame beyond its conventional limits, these works complicate the certitude of the border which they both occupy and expand.
Kate Just is an established artist who works with sculpture, installation, neon, textiles, and photography to produce artworks that promote feminist representations of the body and experience. Just is well-known for using textile crafts including knitting as both narrative devices and unwitting political tools. In addition to her highly-crafted solo artworks, Just often works socially and collaboratively within communities to tackle significant social issues including sexual harassment and violence against women.
‘From China With Love’ is a series of hand-sewn textile hangings and a photograph produced during a residency at Red Gate in Beijing in 2018. ‘From China With Love’ is inspired by images and ideas of love, relationships, and feminism in China.
Please join us in celebrating these two incredible exhibitions and the launch of our 2019 exhibition program!
Hugo Michell Gallery acknowledges the Kaurna people as the traditional custodians of the Adelaide region, and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today.
Hugo Michell Gallery invites you to the opening of WORD, an ambitious group exhibition presenting text-based work from nearly 30 artists.
Featuring: Abdul Abdullah, Roy Ananda, Brook Andrew, Narelle Autio, David Booth [Ghostpatrol], Jon Campbell, James Dodd, Will French, Tony Garifalakis, Lucas Grogan, Kate Just, Anastasia Klose, Sue Kneebone, Alice Lang, Richard Lewer, Sophia Nuske, Nana Ohnesorge, Trent Parke, Philjames, Kenny Pittock, Toby Pola, Tom Polo, Elvis Richardson, Derek Sargent, Paul Sloan, Sera Waters, Gerry Wedd, Min Wong, and Paul Yore.
From raw mark-making to a choreographed line, text allows us to transfer ideas and connect universally. It is a coded form of communication that negotiates language and dialect. WORD presents a library of pithy phrases and sensitive secrets that span the entire gallery.
Please join us on Thursday the 30th of August to celebrate.