The Faux exhibition features the works of 13 makers which encapsulate the idea of the faux, but have moved beyond the superficiality of the term. 'Fakery' has become such a common aspect of the everyday that there is often a tendency for it to go unnoticed. What most commonly comes to mind when thinking of the term faux are things of frivolity and fancy. 'Fun' fur coats, trompe l’oeil pool-side scenery and plastic wood-grain bowls sit alongside entire simulated worlds in which you can ski all year round regardless of the season.
However the works in this exhibition while acknowledging something of their origins also demand to be read on multiple levels. While there is an obvious sense of humour in many of the works they are also intended to act as cues for further investigation. Furniture is recyclable, snack food takes on giant uneatable proportions and the accoutrements of the lavatory become soft sculpture for the living room.
This exhibition explores an Alice in Wonderland world where nothing is what it seems. It is an exploration of the domestic which we take for granted and have been created to encourage a certain fascination and to increase an awareness of the everyday objects around us. The Faux is an opportunity for the ordinary to take on extraordinary proportions and for those encountering the objects on show to sit up and take notic
The Faux features work from 13 makers working in ceramics, jewellery, textiles, wood and glass. Artists included are; Fran Allison, Sue Bridges, Madeline Childs, Regan Gentry, Janet Green, Philip Jarvis, Megan Knarhoi-Hansen, Paul Maseyk, Vaune Mason, Elizabeth McClure, Nicky Soons, Amanda Sorensen and Katy Wallace.