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.
Saturday, 25 August 2018, 2pm – 4pm
25 August – 4 November 2018
26 Acland Street
St Kilda, Victoria, Australia
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.