Here are a couple of clippings from the local papers.
The exhibition is open everyday 10.30am to 4.30pm until Sunday March 11, 2018.
This series of new work is a dramatic shift in direction from the 2016 Only natural series. Vibrant abstractions of the natural world make way for the gritty reality of a narrative focussing on the ever increasing risk of intense bushfires as a result of climate change.
The gallery of images displayed here present the four works included in the 2018 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition followed by 3 additional works that were created for the series and previously displayed at the UniSA Visual Arts Graduate Exhibition.
2018 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition
Friday 16 February to Sunday 11 March
10:30am to 4:30pm daily
Drill Hall, Torrens Parade Ground
Victoria Drive, Adelaide, South Australia
Long term planning – 50cm h x 40cm w
Words fail us – 90cm h x 30cm w
Turn down the heat – 60cm h x 40cm w
How did it come to this? – 60cm h x 40cm w
Climate Change is a slow moving disaster that struggles to compete for our attention. Iconic imagery of polar bears or hurricanes in faraway places do little to connect our day-to-day lives with the climatic changes occurring slowly around us.
We are living with an ever increasing risk of catastrophic bushfires due to climate change. Our fire danger ratings warn us of the potential hazard, but we are experiencing fires that far exceed the worst we could imagine. The fires are beyond categorisation.
My research revealed a striking quote that had such a significant influence on me that it inspired the title of this series of work, Unleashing hell. The full quote comes from an Australian Climatologist who explains that as a result of our inaction on reducing carbon emissions, the resultant climatic changes will disastrously increase the prevalence and impact of bushfires such that ‘we are unleashing hell upon Australia’.
As the single largest contributor of carbon emissions is our coal fired power stations, this has prompted the use of these symbols of electricity consumption. Most of the images are bespoke manipulations of household objects.
Words fail us evolved from the knowledge that the Fire Danger Index applies the rating of catastrophic for conditions at 100 or higher on the scale while some of our most deadly fires have exceeded 180. Factors that influence the severity of bushfires include temperature, rainfall, wind speed and fuel (vegetation). Climate change is magnifying their impact. Radiant heat in major bushfires can be so intense that it can kill people from hundreds of metres away without a flame ever touching them.
Heavy reliance on reverse cycle air-conditioners, as indicated by the fear of power black-outs in summer, is exacerbated by systemically poor house design. The air-conditioner that shields us from summer heat is linked to rising carbon emissions, that is contributing to the climatic changes that fuel our increased exposure to extreme bushfires.
Bushfires do lead to the loss of life and this can only be expected to rise as the intensity and frequency of fires increases due to the impact of climate change. While it may not be the threat of melting ice caps and rising sea levels that motivates us, it may well be the increased prevalence of bushfires that ignite our actions.
Being selected in the 2018 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition has been an exciting way to celebrate the completion of my studies.
29 artists will have work on display to the public from 15 February through to 11 March in Adelaide. Over $50,000 in awards will be presented at the opening night.
I am looking forward to sharing this new work and I wish to congratulate all of the artists selected.
I have set up a Facebook Artist page where I will post updates on current and future projects.
The Instagram account will be used to share a variety of my photography. Old and new. Studio and experimental. Major announcements will also be shared there.
I am looking forward to sharing more with you in 2018 with 2 exhibitions of new work already in the pipeline.
I am very pleased to be a finalist in the 2017 Burrinja Climate Change Biennale and contribute to their archive of creative responses to climate change. The exhibition will be held over a three month period in the Burrinja Arts Centre, on the eastern fringe of Melbourne, Victoria from 11 November through to 11 February, 2018.
The exhibition organisers are also hosting a Climate Change Day of Action on Saturday 11 November featuring a full program of talks, presentations, films and stalls.
For more details visit the Burrinja Climate Change Biennale website.
The Backstage Pass exhibition has been acknowledged in the 2017 International Photography Awards.
A selection of 5, presented as a series of photographs, received an Honourable Mention in the Fine Art: Other category. The supporting 24-page book was also acknowledged with an Honourable Mention in the Book (Self-published) : Other category for non-professional photographers.
Examples from the series of images that received an Honourable Mention at the 2017 International Photography Awards in the Fine Art: Still Life category for non-professional photographers.
Part of a larger series looking at imperfections in the tools of various art departments at University. These lighting gels were found in the Photography Department, although distinctively different in colour, they display defects caused by heat damage, scissors and rough handling. The gloves used by Glass artists were destined for recycling or disposal.
We travel for new experiences and leave the comfort and familiarity of our home town to visit different countries and experience different cultures. We may see and experience things for the first time, sometimes cautiously or with trepidation, being wary of the unfamiliar and unknown. How does a traveller balance being independent, exploring and having new experiences and not falling foul of some scam, health risk or mis-adventure? What is happening in the shadows? What is happening behind doors? What is happening behind you? This is one image of a larger series on this theme compiled from various trips.
This image received an Honourable Mention at the 2017 International Photography Awards in the Fine Art: Collage category for non-professional photographers.
This image received an Honourable Mention at the 2017 International Photography Awards in the Fine Art: Landscape category for non-professional photographers.
The trees in silhouette against a night sky was taken on the island of Taveuni in Fiji. Close to my bure, the tree on the right conjured up visions of an enormous Indonesian shadow puppet.
Update – 23 April 2017
The mural was completed at 4.30pm after 3 days on site.
Thanks to all of the people that stopped to chat and find out more about the story behind it it.
I will post some pictures and more details about the project in May when the weather improves.
Wonderwalls is a 3-day street art mural festival being held in Port Adelaide on April 21-23, 2017.
Over 25 large scale exterior murals will be painted over the three days and the general public are encouraged to watch the artists create their murals.
International, national and local artists will be transforming the historic district of Port Adelaide. A free program of exhibitions, guided tours and photography workshops are also part of the event.
I will be installing a work in Black Diamond Square, next to the Lighthouse, and I will post more details here as it takes shape. I will start work on it on Friday 21st and hope to have it completed by late afternoon on Saturday 22nd.
Or also visit OurPort.com.au for the schedule of activities, etc.
I first entered the Watershed Art Prize in 2009. The Prize encourages awareness of water as a precious resource and significant environmental management issue.
The entry that was shortlisted for this theme was a studio shot of a rusty old sprinkler I bought from a junk shop. At the time I was doing a photographic series on water conservation as water restrictions were being applied in suburban Adelaide.
I have now entered the Watershed Art Prize for a second time and have been shortlisted with my image Clear Springs Mosaic that featured in the SALA Festival last year, but was produced within 12 months of the last Watershed exhibition.
The Watershed Art Prize is open from April 28 to 2 June 2017. More details at the Watershed Art Prize web page.