'Pipe Dreams' Erica Gray

In Pipe Dreams, Erica Gray literally turns the gallery walls inside out with this bright and quirky exhibition of soft sculpture.

Growing up in the suburbs with a father who worked as a plumber and three brothers that eventually follow him into the trade, as a child Erica was surrounded by pipes and now she has created these bold red PVC fabric pipes that seem to exude a perky optimism.

   

A pipedream is a tremendous hope that is impossible to achieve. Similarly, the nonsensical squishy pipe creations that Erica produces could never (and don’t wish to) perform the primary role of a pipe. Instead, these forms invite us to contemplate the unseen intertwining grid that circulates our lives - giving to us and taking away.

Inspired by Surrealism and Pop Art, this quirky and whimsical exhibition is a celebration of the mundane; the functional; and the genius of the conventional water pipe.


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Exhibiting from 13 January to 3 March 2019. Opening night 6pm Saturday 12 January 2019. Free entry with refreshments courtesy of Tamburlaine Organic Wines, Hunter Belle Cheese and Pukara Estate.

Tamb Hunterbelle Pukara 

Artwork: Erica Gray, Eccentric Boiler Tank & Flow Wheels 2012, PVC, wire and poly fibre, 220 x 180 x 30cm.