Released last year by Perimeter Editions, Moved Objects is the visual record of the collaboration between Melbourne artists Georgia Hutchinson and Arini Byng. The book charts the duo's investigation of 'material juxtaposition, sculptural choreography and the photographic still life.'
The book is visually stunning. Reflexive of their combined practices, their images are an interesting conversation between artist and surrounds, creating visual metaphors from lived experience and observation. By marrying together everyday objects they create imagery that it strangely surreal yet undeniably beautiful.
The girls came into the shop recently to create a super cool display, we spoke to them about their work:
How long have you been working as a collaborative duo? What are you both trained in?
Quite soon after we met around two years ago we started playing in the studio, creating work together. Casual arrangements and conversations soon resolved to be a cooperative practice and since we have exhibited around Australia and internationally — with photographic, curatorial and sculptural work, as well as a few publications including Moved Objects in 2013.
Arini had recently moved from Sydney after studying photography at the National Art School, and Georgia had just completed Honours in Industrial Design. We were both ready for experimenting with our work, and looking further into our shared aesthetic and theoretical concerns regarding material culture and thingness.
How do you find your diverse backgrounds in training have influenced your projects?
With a background in Industrial Design and cultural production, Georgia takes a critical and rigorous approach to consumerism and post-materialist culture. Arini — emerging from fine art photography and sculpture practice — approaches the shared practice with a heuristic manner, finding nuance and richness in material communication.
How would you describe your work to someone who had never seen it? Installation, still life, photography?
A marriage of sculpture and image.
Can you tell us a bit about how you came to publishing a book and what this project has offered you in terms of your practise?
In 2012 we had a small photographic show up at Perimeter Books. Dan Rule and Justine Ellis (Perimeter co-owners) really liked our work and a couple of months later over some beers, they asked if we would like to do a book with them. They had just started Perimeter Editions in August 2012 and had recently released their first book Mad Deep Thoughts by Riley Payne. We started collecting and playing with materials and eventually had a large body of work that became Moved Objects. The book has had a great response both locally and internationally. Since, Perimeter have published the work of Polly Borland, Emily Ferretti and Jan Kempenaers — we’re very proud to be in such good company.
What exciting projects do have planned for the future?
We’re looking forward to publishing further collections of work and are both working on solo projects as well as a Hutchison-Byng show at Edmund Pearce in November. After a flurry of exhibitions in late 2013, we’re enjoying studio-time.