Surrogates for Social Touch – Michelle Vine
The exhibition where you can TOUCH the artworks..
Please do not touch the artworks! Many people who have visited an art gallery or museum have encountered this phrase. Charged with preserving the condition of art collections, curators and museum staff strive at all costs to ensure the safety of the objects in their exhibitions. This usually means concealing artworks behind glass cases or a red velvet rope. But what if there was an exhibition where the artist wanted you to touch the artworks?
Surrogates for Social Touch by Michelle Vine is a different type of exhibition where viewers are invited to touch and play with the artworks. Every material the artist has chosen was included to feel and to create a tactile library of sorts. The exhibition is an expanded visual and textural exploration in spaces that are usually averse to touching.
Surrogates for Social Touch by Michelle Vine is on view at the Project Gallery, Queensland College of Art, South Bank until 26th May.