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    Compact Museum Gacha-Gacha

    Compact Museum Gacha-Gacha

    Compact Museum Gacha-Gacha

    Nicholas Bastin
    August 5 - September 13, 2014

    The Compact Museum Gacha-Gacha is an exhibition of small-scale objects and jewellery presented in a reduced in scale Art Museum. These works draw on the Gachapon, a Japanese term used to describe a particular type of urban toy-like object, that are almost endless in their depiction of diverse subject matter from popular culture. The exhibited works are an eclectic curation where the viewer can be transported into a micro-world where jewellery objects become framed large-scale imaginings of the vaguely zoomorphic, awkwardly cute and the precious.

    Nicholas Bastin is an artist/designer who makes jewellery and objects inspired by the representation of mythological archetypes in the products of popular culture. He lives and works in Melbourne. He has a Phd (Fine Art) RMIT University where he currently lectures in the School of Art. Awards include the Sapphex/Affiliated Importers Award for the Eg.etal Souvenir exhibition 2003, the Siemens RMIT Fine Arts Scholarship and the Diana Morgan RMIT Postgraduate Gold and Silversmithing Prize, both in 2004. He was the recipient of the Ronnie Bauer RMIT Postgraduate Gold and Silversmithing Travelling Prize in 2007. In 2011 he received a New Work Grant from the Australia Council of the Arts. He has participated in numerous exhibitions both nationally and internationally, including a solo exhibition The Sleepless Hero at Craft Victoria (2012), This Beguiling Shelf, Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo (2013) and recently in Melbourne Now at the NGV and Precious Thoughts 9, Oratoria di San Rocco, Commune di Padove, Italy, both in 2013/2014.

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