String Theory: Focus on Contemporary Australian Art

Alison Page, Creative Director, National Aboriginal Design Agency has created a ‘Pop Up Shop’ as part of String Theory : Focus on Contemporary Australian art, an exhibition that brings together over 30 different artists and artist groups from around Australia. String Theory is open at the MCA until 27 October 2013.   The string theory shop has in mind sustainability and functionality being created from recyclable cardboard boxes, cardboard plinths and handmade string; the entire shop is enclosed by an original Aboriginal Lace Curtain from The National Aboriginal Design Agency.

‘Page’s design for the string theory store merges fine art and sustainable design functionality. Cardboard boxes are woven together to create into an arching wall of display shelving. Plinths for objects are made of coiled packing cardboard. Hanging from the ceiling a hoop made from handmade string by Yirrkala artists suspends merchandise. Enclosing the entire space is a specially designed lace curtain that depicts Gumbaynggirr artist Brentyn Lugnan’seed dreaming (2013)…… The string theory store openly acknowledges the social importance that the market place plays in Aboriginal art and life. ‘ Glenn Barkley, Senior Curator MCA.