Soft Core presents artistic practices that explore many facets of ‘softness’ - from large-scale inflatables to forms made from soft materials to materials that simply look soft.
In the 20th Century, artists began to disassemble notion of traditional sculpture by adding and subtracting constructions, incorporating found objects and designating everyday items as art. These adaptive and divergent methods of form-making continue today in a generation of artists who define sculpture in the negative condition: not bronze, not stone, not the macho force of the blast furnace.
The materials in this exhibition encompass air, inflatable nylon, unfired clay and plastics bags – materials that have been co-opted for versatility and mutability between function and emotion. Some of the works require activation – such as electricity or inflation to become whole while others inhabit their softness quietly.
Soft Core investigates these practices by presenting existing works and newly commissioned works from twelve Australian and International artists who question the fluctuating meaning of what it means to be soft.
Curated by Micheal Do, in conjunction with Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and toured by Museums and Galleries of New South Wales. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government's Visions of Australia program.