Anita Cummins Quick CopyOpening: Wednesday 23 July, 6-8pm Dates: 23 July – 9 August 2014
‘Quick Copy’ is a new body of work exploring the abstract forms inherent in product packaging. Cast from a collection of found packaging materials such as takeaway containers, Apple Mac accessory boxes, Ferrero Rocher chocolate trays and coffee filters, the work comprises an assemblage of small sculptures and paintings. The shapes have been determined and constrained by the packaging material available within the artist’s immediate environment. This material becomes a kind of ready-made mould and the resulting forms, indexes of shapes no longer useful. Cast in Plaster of Paris, these objects are the outcome of a process determined by existing conditions.
‘Quick Copy’ builds upon previous concerns with the obsolescence of discarded packaging and its strange status as a container for something long ago consumed. The work gives new life to superfluous materials, providing visual form to shapes otherwise invisible. The restrained colour palette references the working environment in which these materials have been considered and treated.
Anita Cummins is a multidisciplinary artist based in Melbourne whose practice explores the interface between knowing and not-knowing. She creates abstract works on paper, small sculptures and takes obsessive delight in the collecting and ordering of objects. Anita has a Diploma of Creative Arts (Visual Media) and an Arts Degree from The University of Melbourne. Previous exhibitions include Pantone Pom Pom at Mailbox 141, Insert Coin Here as part of the LMFF Cultural Program and Draw the Line at Bus Projects.