School of Architecture

Tuesday 14 April 2015

Adrienne Kneebone. As rough as grass undies, 2006/2015. Mixed media installation: Clothes hoist, cotton underwear, Cockatoo Grass seeds (Dicanthium sereciun) and Spear Grass seeds (Sorgum intrans). Reproduced courtesy of the artist.
Adrienne Kneebone. As rough as grass undies, 2006/2015

Hung out to dry: Space, memory and domestic laundry practices, a new exhibition at The University of Queensland Art Museum, is more than a homage to the backyard rotary hoist. It is a playful, provocative and contemplative exploration of the quotidian routine of laundry.

Part oral history project, part artistic response, the exhibition is presented in collaboration with The University of Queensland’s Centre for Architecture Theory Criticism History's, Associate Professor Naomi Stead and Dr Kelly Greenop, and UQ Art Museum's Dr Allison Holland.

View news article.

Listen to the Radio National interview with Naomi Stead and Allison Holland about our Hung Out to Dry exhibition and project.

Hung Out to Dry: Space, memory and domestic laundry spaces.

Hung out to dry is playful, nostalgic and introspective. It presents the stories and observations, personal and communal, that reflect on an essential and everyday activity. Part oral history project, part artistic response, this exhibition reveals the significance of clothesline aesthetics, gendered labour and environmental sustainability, as embodied in the air-drying of washing.

The concept arose from the creative consortium’s shared interest in the backyard as a site for significant personal events: celebratory family photographs that demand open space and natural light; siblings, cousins and kids from the neighbourhood at play oblivious to the canopy of wires and fabric overhead. Then, released from its duties, the clothes hoist becomes the mainstay for sheet cubbies, a climbing fortress or swinging carousel.

A/Prof Naomi Stead and Dr Kelly Greenop (Centre for Architecture Theory, Criticism, History and School of Architecture) and Dr Allison Holland (School of Communication and Arts, and UQ Art Museum) have been contributing to the exhibition.

View exhibition webpage.