My overall experience when visiting the NGV was very much enjoyable. Specifically the ‘Melbourne Now’ exhibition, with so many amazing artworks, installations, creative spaces one cannot simply have sufficient time to explore and reflect. It’s very important to visit art galleries and exhibition as you create this relationship with the artist through their artwork. This is how I felt when I first stepped into the colourful and playful space the ‘Malarky’ by Slow Art Collective. I wanted to observe, touch, feel, and explore every corner of that space. This is my evaluation of this art work.
Artist name: Group of Artist including Tony Adams, Chaco Kato and Dylan Mortorell.
Title: Malarky, by Slow Art Collective, part of Melbourne Now Exhibition.
This artwork is installed in a way that is related to our world in terms of size and scale. It is created as a living space which allows you to walk in and become part of this display. As the viewers can walk around the space and interact with the elements, become part of something that operating.
Constraints: The artwork was made out of big space; however the small sections within the artwork were created smaller than the average room space which did not allow freedom of movement.
Interactivity: The playfulness of the space allowed the individual to touch, sit, and create and hear sound within the space. This artwork incorporated artificial and natural light.
The materials and media that have been utilised in the creation of this artwork were Recycled materials and objectives, Yarn, wood, plastic, metal, fabric, food, paper, lighting, paint, tape and glue.
The artists used suspending method, using interlacing of yarn method, creating knots, placements of matters, displaying objects, and taping of music instruments.
The things that you can see in this artistic space are recycled and found and objects, house hold materials (kitchen and house ware) food, Textiles, Yarn, colours, patterns, hand weaving tool, pipes, tines, wood, sticks, symbols, shapes (square, circle, triangle, 3D) boxes, stickers, metals, plastic bottles and other objectives, lights, wire, dream catcher, glass, tubes.
Some of these materials such as yarns are over passing, interlacing to hold the grand yarn structure. Most of these yarns have a purpose to hold the structure or an object in place. The yarns are creating a pattern that looks like a stable structure but in reality is a decorative element.
The story, the whole space looks at first inviting, playful and the yarn gives a feeling of softness and delicacy. When you stand inside to observe the artwork there are many objects, mediums, colours, shapes and patterns are easily placed which don’t give a sense of firm structure. The total space may feel like a trap or a net, an observer needs to find their way through it. After further observations the viewer will be able to notice the space is divided into smaller sections resembling rooms such as, kitchen, dining area, bedroom and entertainment area. The flashing lights in the entertainment area give a feeling of a hazard or alertness.
There are multiple art elements in this artwork such as colour, texture, shape, line, etc.
Texture: the artwork is interactive; it allows individuals to feel and touch different objectives and to explore different surfaces. From the warm, fuzziness and softness of the yarn to coarseness of timber, to the smoothness of the glass and plastic objects to rigidness of metal and other found objects. All these elements are placed to allow the viewer to have a sense of belonging and sense of familiarity these textures have in our daily life.
Line: Was the most dominant and obvious element in this artwork. The line is what created this large structure. The line resembled the textile loom (Jacquard machine) or a grand music instrument. Also the line was used to create shapes, different patterns and forms.
Movement and Pattern: There are two types of movements in this artwork, one that is intensely created through the use of lines and lights by artists. The second movement; is intuited by the viewers through their movement and interaction with the artwork. The line in the space creates patterns that moves viewers gaze to different directions. It allows the viewer to follow the pattern into different corners of the room. The movement is created through the lines and suspended objects hanging from the top part of this instillation.
This collective art piece captures different moods; at first you see a happy playful space with the excitement and rush to explore. However when you get closer and observe each part of the room the mood changes for example the footprints on the flour that lead to the musical room alert you to take you shoes off before entering therefore it slows the viewer interaction and also creating awareness of the flashing lights which gives a sense of fear and alertness.
On the other side the artist created a spaced for the individuals to utilized, a space that incorporated soft textiles, fixed shelter and the sounds of nature installed. These elements give a sense of calmness, belonging and peace.
This MARLARKY (2013) artwork reminds me of the work of the Japanese Textile artist Toshiko Horiuchi Macadam. Horiuchi uses Yarns and knit structure to develop ‘sculptures’ that are playful and colourful which allow kids to explore, feel, play and interact in the spaces that she creates. She creates her artwork using yarns and knitting structures which are strong but yet very responsive to the movement within the spaces.
Also MARLARKY, 2013 maybe inspired by the ‘Yarn bombing movement ‘as it involves heavy use of Yarns, Colours and shapes.
There are three artist involved in this artwork Tony Adams, Chaco Kato, Dylan Martorell. Each artist brings his own art styles and touch. Together they create an artwork that involves Yarns, recycled materials and colour.
This art instillation is a collaboration projects between three artists who are trying to create awareness for the viewer to think about the waste that human create and how it could be transformed into functional objects to eliminate waste, reduce masted produced products, to recycle and recreate waste into functional or decorative objects.
I went back and revisited this artwork/installation and the experience was as wonderful as the first time.
1. Melbourne Exhibition (2013, November 22- 23 March 2014) Melbourne Now.
Retrieved from https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/melbournenow
2. Toshiko Horiuchi Macadam ( 2014, March 09). Net Play Works. Retrieved from:
3. Victorian Government Department for Youth Central (2013, March 10) The Art and Craft of Yarn Booming. Retrieved from
4. Chaco Kato ( 2013. October 09) Light Box for Mildura Palimpsest Biennale.
5. Tony Adams, Chaco Kato,Dylan Martorell. (2012 February 08) Slow Art Collective
6. Shaun Kardinal. ( 2013 October 13) embroidered vintage postcards.