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Maticevski: Dark Wonderland

Bendigo Art Gallery

Tue Sep 13th 2016 to Sun Nov 20th 2016 at 10:00 until 17:00
Melbourne, 42 View Street, Bendigo, Victoria
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The exhibition at Bendigo Art Gallery presents an opportunity to view Maticevski’s practice in a gallery context; a wonderland of design, experimentation, colour, creativity and beauty. With an almost obsessive approach to detail and control of materials, the curated selection is sourced almost entirely from Maticevski’s extensive personal archive, and reveals the breadth of his oeuvre. 
 
Elegant and ethereal objects contrast with bold sculptural garments, with his essentially restrained, muted palette punctuated by considered flares of colour. The exhibition includes objects from Maticevski’s early practice through to his most recent designs, in addition to a significant work created exclusively for the culmination of the display. Highlights include the Monaco Gown worn by Crown Princess Mary to the 80th birthday celebration of her father-in-law Prince Henrik of Denmark, and the specially commissioned gold and silver lamé gown worn by Jessica Mauboy for Eurovision 2014.
 
Maticevski’s collaborations with key institutions are also represented, with costume from the Phillip Adams BalletLab production Aviary (2011) for which he won a Helpmann Award with milliner Richard Nylon, and designs for The Australian Ballet and Sydney Dance Company. Maticevski’s foray into jewellery design is acknowledged with a selection of his work for Dinosaur Designs, in addition to an extraordinary gold toggle neckpiece that was featured in his Resort 2017 presentation at Fashion Week Australia.
 
Maticevski’s archive reveals the designer’s relentless drive to create. His ability to challenge and reinvent techniques and to push the possibilities of fabric is mesmerising, and it is this uncommon thread that weaves its way through each of his collections. His selection and control of seemingly impossible cloths — think bonded neoprene, a material associated more with wetsuits than evening gowns — demonstrates his ability to masterfully engage with contemporary materials, and elegantly juxtapose these with his use of more traditional fabrics.  The use of diverse textures, embellishments and layering all contribute to Maticevski’s signature look, which appears balanced and effortless.
 
Maticevski creates by drawing on his own intuition and motivations. Rather than prescriptively referencing moments and elements in fashion and art history which have resonated for him, the designer prefers to rely on his instincts and remains unencumbered by restrictive assertions about influences and directions. He keeps things fluid and organic, and this is reflected in the fabrics and structures he controls. Expanses of luxurious fabric are contradicted by seemingly unthinkable combinations of texture and materials — perfectly imperfect. There is a lightness of form that appears almost effortless, which belies his artisanal attention to detail. Beautifully crafted, Maticevski’s practice reflects his love of the past balanced with cutting edge innovation, presenting us with garments that are completely contemporary and beautiful to wear.
 
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