About Tanija and Graham Carr
Relics, Remants and Remains is Tanija and Graham Carr’s first Western Australian solo exhibition since 2005. Originally shown in the Powerhouse of the Midland Railway Workshops as the ‘Leather’ component of FORM’s Paper, Cotton, Leather, Flowers, Wood exhibition (celebrating the fifth anniversary of Midland Atelier) in July, 2013, the public response to Relics, Remants and Remains was so enthusiastic that FORM invited the artists to re-show the works to an inner-city audience. The exhibition opened at FORM Gallery in September, 2013, running through to the end of October.
The Carrs are among Western Australia’s most respected studio craft practitioners, internationally renowned for their powerful and ambiguous sculptural objects. They employ the ancient technique of leather craft, transforming this common material into objects reminiscent of cast metal, carved stone, ceramics, wood or bone. No one else on the planet employs the techniques that they have developed and refined over their 35-year career.
The Carrs’ works are intentionally mysterious; they could be from the distant past or a post-industrial future, though their complex geometry and meticulous surface detailing recall the artists’ formal training in architecture. Their latest works combine forms evoking industrial and architectural design with references to ritual artefacts, weaponry and tribal art, while a series of objects seemingly constructed from teeth and bones remind us of leather’s corporeal nature.
The Carrs are unique not only for their choice of material, but also for the collaborative nature of their practice, developing all of their works in tandem from their home studio in the foothills outside of Perth. From here they have established a formidable international reputation, showing regularly in the United States for the past two decades, as well as with galleries across Australia and in Hong Kong. They are currently developing a major solo exhibition of new works to show at Sculpture, Objects and Fine Art (SOFA) Chicago, through William Zimmer Gallery in 2014.
The Carrs’ work is represented in the collections of the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the Boca Raton Museum of Art, Florida, the Contemporary Museum, Hawaii , Donna Karen New York , the National Gallery of Australia and Parliament House Canberra.
FORM also worked with Tanija and Graham Carr in late 2011 to produce a colour catalogue of new and icon works, titled Leather & Bronze: Tanija and Graham Carr.
Relics, Remnants and Remains: Works in leather by Tanija and Graham Carr exhibited at FORM Gallery alongside Pieces of Gutharraguda (Shark Bay) from September 6 to October 11 2013.
*Images: Artworks by Tanija and Graham Carr, photography of the works by Victor France.