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Silver+Black exhibition

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 Silver+Black exhibition takes a look at the Japanese concept of ‘wabi-sabi’ ie. appreciating the beauty in imperfection.  A combination of fashion retail, art exhibit and Asahi, the event also incorporates the Karakuchi project where international artists are invited to submit pieces inspired by the characters on the label of Asahi’s ‘Super Dry’ beer.

Over half of the objects displayed were created specifically for Silver+Black. Julia Deville’s ‘Disce Mori’ jewellery and luxury objects were as creepy and entrancing as ever. She typically incorporates hair and taxidermy studded with glinting jewels into her work. I got a kick out of the complex origami samurai (not yet folded) design by Jason Ku with Studio Matador. Nanami Cowdroy’s ‘Kari-no-yo’ piece was an intricate depiction of goldfish and lotus flowers (and power sockets!). And I want to purchase the hand-painted, blue silk dress by Melanie Bower with its nifty sliced silhouette.

To see if Silver+Black is aligned with your own experience or imaginings of Japan you can visit at 1000 £ Bend (looking the best I’ve seen it), 361 Little Lonsdale Street in Melbourne. It is open during regular bar hours until the 18th April when it will move on to Sydney.

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