Queensland College of Art's latest exhibition combines the familiar and the not-so. You'll enter its Project Gallery and find artworks lining its walls, as you'd expect, but that's where the standard gallery experience ends. When you walk up to one of the objects on the display, you don't just have to stand back and look. When you approach the fur bath sitting in the middle of the room, you don't have to resist the urge to jump in.
Go on, touch them all. Hop in the bath. Run your fingers over one of the items. Play with whatever takes your fancy. And, while you're doing so, don't worry about someone telling you not to. Michelle Vine's Surrogates for Social Touch is all about tactile sensations, in an exhibition that aims to explore this part of our sensory experience. There are no ropes keeping you back here, or glass cabinets protecting the artist's efforts.
Surrogates for Social Touch displays at the QCA Project Gallery from May 16 to 26, open 10am until 4pm Tuesday to Saturday.
Images: Installation shots from Surrogates for Social Touch, 2018. Michelle Vine.