Wholeness and the Implicit Order by Julia deVille @ Linden New Art

If you have yet to see the incredible jewel-encrusted taxidermy work of artist Julia deVille, her first solo since 2014, ‘Wholeness and the Implicit Order’ is one of those rare opportunities to see some of Julia’s most exciting works to date, opening this month at Linden New Art Gallery in St Kilda, Melbourne, Australia. As shared in the press release, the shows title ‘Wholeness and the Implicit Order, references theoretical physicist David Bohm’s 1980 book Wholeness and the Implicate Order. In this foundational book, Bohm discusses his insights into the quantum world deriving an ultra-holistic cosmic view, which leads to thought-provoking theories about consciousness and its implicate (implicit) interconnectedness with the universe.

I cannot wait to see this show in person in this immersive environment, each piece sitting alongside holographic doppelgangers. We have already had glimpses of an exquisite baby giraffe, covered in diamonds, pearls, white gold and rose cut diamonds,  ‘Mother is my Monarch’ shows the care and respect taken by Julia to honour these beautiful animals. Julia has also collaborated with fellow artists, Leslie Rice, Kate Rohde, Josh Weatherlake (Adipocere), Jo Sheehan and Adam Wallacavage. Each of these artists bring there personal signature style to the show, which will be sure to make it a most memorable opening afternoon.

Wholeness and the Implicit Order

Opening Night:

Saturday, 25 August 2018, 2pm – 4pm


Exhibition Dates:

25 August – 4 November 2018

Linden New Art

26 Acland Street
St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

Press Release:

Linden  New  Art  celebrates  their  return  to  their  freshly-renovated  St  Kilda  home  with  the  presentation  of  a  major  solo  exhibition  of  new  work  by  leading  Australian  mid-career  artist  Julia  deVille.  Wholeness  and  the  Implicit  Order will  be  the  renowned  jeweller,  taxidermist  and  artist’s  first  solo  exhibition  since  2014.  Expanding  upon  her  existing  practice,  deVille  will  explore  holography  and  virtual  reality  with  the  intention  of  engaging  viewers  in  an  exploration  of  consciousness  and  reality.  The  exhibition  will  present  deVille’s  familiar  jewel-encrusted  animal  taxidermy  sculptures  alongside  holographic  doppelgängers,  contrasting  the  artist’s  signature  Victorian  aesthetic  with  innovative  modern  technologies.  Sound,  smell,  tactility  and  optical  illusion  will  create  an  immersive  environment  that  will  reimagine  the  Victorian-era  rooms  of  the  gallery.  It  is  to  be  deVille’s  largest  installation  to  date.  Themes  of  consciousness,  death  and  our  relationship  with  the  natural  world  will  be  examined  through  the  lens  of  Quantum  Theory.  The  new  works  will  act  as  tangible metaphors  for  the  implicit  interconnectedness  of  all  things  and  the  importance  of  treating  all  life  with  respect;  beliefs  that  form  the  core  of  deVille’s  practice.  Gallery  Director,  Melinda  Martin,  is  “thrilled  to  be  presenting  this  very  special  exhibition  to  launch  our  return  to  our  Acland  Street  home.  Inspired  by  all  things  Victorian,  deVille  has  always  wanted  to  create  a  solo  exhibition  in  a  building  of  this  era  and  we  are  delighted  tobe  providing  her  a  space  to  extend  her  practice  and  create  a  very  immersive  exhibition  experience  for  our  visitors”.  deVille  has  invited  painter  Leslie  Rice  to  create  his  signature  paintings  on  black  velvet  to  be  hung  alongside  her  works.  Sculptor  Kate  Rohde  will  collaborate  with  deVille  to  create  whimsical  resin  cases  for  the  taxidermy  works  and frames  for  the  holograms.  Julia  has  also  commissioned  Josh  Weatherlake  Adipocere)  to  do  some  embroidery  work  for  the  exhibition and  Jo  Sheehan,  esteemed  New  Zealand  stone  carver  will  be  carving  marble  objects.  Philadelphian  artist  Adam  Wallacavage  will  be  custom  making  his  signature  ‘octopus  chandeliers’  for  several  of  the  rooms  as  well.  The  exhibition  will  be  accompanied  by  a  range  of  events  that  visitors  can  participate  in  to  learn  more  about  deVille’s  practice  and  ideas.  Wholeness  and  the  Implicit  Order will  have  a  sister  exhibition  titled  The  Phaneron held  at  Sophie  Gannon  Gallery,  Melbourne,  in  October  2018.  About  the  exhibition  title:  The  show’s  title,  Wholeness  and  the  Implicit  Order,  references  theoretical  physicist  David  Bohm’s  1980  book Wholeness  and  the  Implicate  Order.  In  this  foundational  book,  Bohm  discusses  his  insights  into  the quantum  world  deriving  an  ultra-holistic  cosmic  view,  which  leads  to  thought-provoking  theories  about  consciousness  and  its  implicate  (implicit)  interconnectedness  with  the  universe.

The  hologram  is  Bohm’s  favourite  metaphor  for  describing  the structure  of  what  he  terms  the  ‘Implicate  Order’.  He  explains  that  the  hologram  illustrates  how  “information  about  the  entire  holographed  scene  is  enfolded  into  every  part  of  the  film.”  This  reflects  the  ‘Implicate  Order’ in  the  sense  that  every  part  of  the  hologram  contains  information  for  the  whole;  if  you  break  a  hologram  in  half,  both  halves  will  still  display  the  full  holographic  image.


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