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Kaleidoscope and Fossils Exhibition


Wed 25 Jun 2014, 9:00am–5:30pm
Thu 26 Jun 2014, 9:00am–5:30pm
Fri 27 Jun 2014, 9:00am–5:30pm
Sat 28 Jun 2014, 9:00am–4:00pm
Mon 30 Jun 2014, 9:00am–5:30pm

Where: Framed - The Darwin Gallery, 55 Stuart Highway, Darwin, Australia., Parap, Northern Territory

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Framed1

Kaleidoscopes and Fossils

For most adults kaleidoscopes are remembered as toy cardboard tubes containing glass and other
fragments, but in the hands of creative artists Robert Cook and Jocelyn Teh, the kaleidoscope has been
transformed from its long status as a toy or scientific instrument to a unique art media.

Robert’s skill with metals originates from his childhood where he fondly recalls “playing around and making things from metal” in his father’s brass and iron foundry. As a youth in the foundry he learned the craft of moulding , casting, forging, welding, colouring and turning metal. Among his later pursuits he studied electronics and optics.

Jocelyn Teh an artist in her own right held solo exhibitions in Australia and Asia during the 1970s and demonstrated considerable skill using a variety of two dimensional media. Jocelyn resided in Southeast Asia and while there she acquired the traditional skills and knowledge required for preparing, cutting, polishing and mounting the precious and semi precious gem stones now used to create the wheels and object containers of the kaleidoscopes.

In 1991 they formed Arcana and began producing high quality technically complex and aesthetic Kaleidoscopes from their Hawthorn studio in Melbourne. Their work is sold in North America, the United Kingdom and Japan and is represented in Kaleidoscope collections around the world.