SEVENTH Gallery Conversation Series
Art and Fashion with Andrea Eckersley and Gian Manik
Wednesday April 11, 6–7pm
Building a career in the arts can take multiple trajectories, often beyond the studio and gallery. To support their practice, artists invest labour in alternative practices and commercial ventures. Reflecting on the reality of multi-vocational practice, the conversation series Career Arcs will engage art professionals in a demystification of their fields, careers and individual experiences, as their practice intersects with the broader arts ecology. Selected from the fields of curatorship, publishing, festivals and design, this series brings together arts workers in conversation, providing unique insights for artists and audiences to reflect on the challenges and joys of vocational practice in the arts.
Part Three in the series brings together Andrea Eckersley and Gian Manik in conversation, exploring the intersections of creative practice and fashion/garment making.
Andrea Eckersley is an artist who lectures in Fashion Design, at RMIT University. Primarily interested in the way the body interacts with abstract shapes, Andrea’s work investigates the material aspects of painting with a particular focus on its surface. She has recently contributed a chapter on her painting practice for the coauthored book Practising with Deleuze: design, dance, art, writing, philosophy. Andrea is the art editor at the Deleuze Studies Journal and has exhibited at Sarah Scout Presents, Anna Pappas Gallery, Platform Public Contemporary Art Spaces, Nellie Castan Gallery, Craft Victoria, c3 and West Space in Melbourne.
Gian Manik completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) at Curtin University of Technology (Perth) in 2007 and a Master of Fine Arts at Monash University (Melbourne) in 2012. He has worked as a lecturer in fashion, drawing, painting and textiles and has collaborated with the fashion labels D&K and VERNER. His work is held in the collections of the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Artbank and Australian and international collections. He has completed residencies at the Perth Institute for Contemporary Art (2008) and Artspace, Sydney (2009). In 2016 his work was included in Painting, More Painting at ACCA, Victoria and as part of an exhibition titled Portraiture, 2017 at the Art Gallery of Western Australia.
This event is proudly supported by the City of Yarra, through the Small Project Grants program.