Referencing Artists and Grazing the 700s exhibitions
The exhibitions Referencing Artists, a survey of Alumni artists and current RMIT staff, and Grazing the 700s, a selection of student work from the RMIT School of Art, were two exhibitions on display at Swanston Library.
Artists by nature are very curious people, they are visual magpies; taking images from here, storing ideas there. And, generally speaking, they like to inhabit libraries. A library is a storehouse of knowledge, history and fresh thinking. An advantage of the RMIT 700s collection is its expansive range which is primarily the result of the broad scope of art and design subjects offered at RMIT.
From art to architecture, communications to ceramics, fashion to film, photography to printing, interior design to landscape architecture, sculpture to silversmithing - there is a vibrant and healthy cross pollination from one discipline to another.
The artists represented in these exhibitions, Grazing the 700s and Referencing Artists, all have a connection to RMIT, either as alumni, staff or student. Art students and recent graduates with relatively very little exhibition exposure are exhibited next to highly prominent and celebrated artists. What unites them is that they have all referenced and gazed upon the 700s collection.
Referencing Artists are:
Curated by Susan Wyers.
Grazing the 700s are:
Curated by Phil Edwards.