Dale Hardiman & James Lemon

Dale Hardiman & James Lemon

Artist Profile

Biography

Explored through a collection of objects, The Nature Of An Island seeks to represent a future of chaos led by individuality: both Hardiman and Lemon will be collaborating on works, but are not allowed to communicate during the process. The Nature Of An Island is the first formal collaboration between Hardiman and Lemon.⁠⁠

Responding to this year’s premise for Melbourne Design Week, ‘Design the World You Want’, Hardiman and Lemon conceived The Nature of an Island as a motif of a future of chaos led by individuality. Hardiman explains that he took a reproductive approach to the collaboration, giving birth to new forms from post-construction materials. In contrast, Lemon drew a cannibalistic symmetry between cult like behaviours and behaviours of consumption, transforming objects into wry statements about their prior life as construction materials.⁠

James Lemon is an Aotearoa (New Zealand) born artist working from Northcote. Lemon’s body of artworks are composed of stoneware ceramic ‘vessels’ and sculptures with highly gestural surface abstraction. These upscaled and warped traditional forms challenge notions of ‘functionality’ inherent to these objects and expose the material as the agent. His work is represented in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Victoria.⁠

Melbourne based designer Dale Hardiman is the co-founder of furniture and object brand Dowel Jones and collaborative project Friends & Associates. Hardiman has also previously worked as 1-OK CLUB and LAB DE STU.⁠ Hardiman’s theoretical enquiry into design explores the localisation of the production of objects and is manifested in his chosen materials and overall practice. His work is held in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Victoria.⁠

Explored through a collection of objects, The Nature Of An Island seeks to represent a future of chaos led by individuality: both Hardiman and Lemon will be collaborating on works, but are not allowed to communicate during the process. The Nature Of An Island is the first formal collaboration between Hardiman and Lemon.⁠⁠

Responding to this year’s premise for Melbourne Design Week, ‘Design the World You Want’, Hardiman and Lemon conceived The Nature of an Island as a motif of a future of chaos led by individuality. Hardiman explains that he took a reproductive approach to the collaboration, giving birth to new forms from post-construction materials. In contrast, Lemon drew a cannibalistic symmetry between cult like behaviours and behaviours of consumption, transforming objects into wry statements about their prior life as construction materials.⁠

James Lemon is an Aotearoa (New Zealand) born artist working from Northcote. Lemon’s body of artworks are composed of stoneware ceramic ‘vessels’ and sculptures with highly gestural surface abstraction. These upscaled and warped traditional forms challenge notions of ‘functionality’ inherent to these objects and expose the material as the agent. His work is represented in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Victoria.⁠

Melbourne based designer Dale Hardiman is the co-founder of furniture and object brand Dowel Jones and collaborative project Friends & Associates. Hardiman has also previously worked as 1-OK CLUB and LAB DE STU.⁠ Hardiman’s theoretical enquiry into design explores the localisation of the production of objects and is manifested in his chosen materials and overall practice. His work is held in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Victoria.⁠

2021 The Nature of an Island, Melbourne Design Week. James Makin Gallery, Melbourne

ARTWORKS

  • Clay Stump StoolDale Hardiman & James Lemon Clay Stump Stool 2021 clay, polyurethane 49.5 x 27 x 29.5cm $1,700.00 ENQUIRE →
  • Pink and Maroon TableDale Hardiman & James Lemon Pink and Maroon Table 2021 pine, chipboard, paint, polyurethane 58.5 x 56 x 52cm $2,800.00 ENQUIRE →
  • Self Portrait ChairDale Hardiman & James Lemon Self Portrait Chair 2021 pine, chipboard, paint, polyurethane 75 x 52.5 x 51cm $2,700.00 ENQUIRE →
  • Deep Fake ChairDale Hardiman & James Lemon Deep Fake Chair 2021 pine, chipboard, paint, polyurethane 77 x 49.5 x 47cm

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  • I Think It Looks Good TableDale Hardiman & James Lemon I Think It Looks Good Table 2021 pine, chipboard, paint, polyurethane 42 x 61.5 x 60cm $1,700.00 ENQUIRE →
  • Black and White ChairDale Hardiman & James Lemon Black and White Chair 2021 pine, chipboard, paint, polyurethane 95 x 71 x 75cm $3,200.00 ENQUIRE →
  • Synergy BenchDale Hardiman & James Lemon Synergy Bench 2021 pine, chipboard, paint 71 x 87.5 x 60cm $4,000.00 ENQUIRE →

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