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Me underwater with camera at the Great Barrier Reef

In September 2020 I will be an Artist in Residence for two weeks with the Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns.

This will provide me with an intensive period to concentrate on research to create new work for a solo exhibition in February 2021.

The Far North Queensland environment is a perfect match for the the marine themed work. I will also be driving down to Townsville for a private tour of the National Sea Simulator and the Coral Core Collection at the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS).

I will be hosting a schedule of Open Studio sessions and presenting an Artist Talk. Both will be in the Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre.

Schedule listed below, but please check social media for any last minute variations.

Artist Talk
10am to 11am Saturday 19 September, 2020
Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
Free. But please book due to COVID restrictions of 20 people.

The talk will start with a slideshow of a range of my landscape, nature and abstract photography and then focus on more recent series of work on Climate Change. Including the bushfires focussed Unleashing Hell and rising sea levels and coastal erosion from Filter. Concluding with an overview of new work in development on the human impact on marine ecosystems, questions and discussion.

Bookings open now.

Open Studio
Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
10am to 2pm (except Sunday 10am-1pm)
Friday 18 September
Saturday 19 September (including Artist Talk)
Sunday 20 September
Tuesday 22 September
Thursday 24 September
Friday 25 September
Saturday 26 September
Sunday 27 September
 (Tanks Market Day cancelled) Studio will close at 1pm

Outside of these times a static display and looping slide show will be open to the public 7 days per week during normal open hours of the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre (8.30am to 4.00pm weekdays and 9.30am to 2.00pm weekends)

The focus of the residency is to develop new work on the human impact on marine ecosystems.

Pollution, overfishing, habitat loss and threats posed by climate change such as ocean acidification are just some of the human impacts confronting the health of the ocean and consequently, our future.

What messages do you think the ocean and its inhabitants would like to deliver to us as long overdue feedback about our actions? How are marine ecosystems coping with all of the challenges humans are throwing at them?

While working in the Studio I will be making props to photograph that convey some of these imagined messages, the voice of the ocean, and your input is welcome.

Palm tree shadow on a sandy beach

Mapping the Anthropocene

I had originally planned to travel to New Zealand in September 2020 to participate in the Mapping the Anthropocene Symposium presented by the Dunedin School of Art.

Adjusting for COVID-19 I am pleased that I am still able to tune into the sessions online and also have my Fire and Flood showcase displayed on a dedicated flat screen as part of The Complete Entanglement of Everything exhibition.

Mapping the Anthropocene in Ötepoti / Dunedin brings together mana whenua, artists, designers and architects, scientists and speakers from the environmental humanities to present a picture of where we are as we learn to live with and act in the changing environment some call the Anthropocene.

The term refers to the human-induced changes to our world’s systems. The hui is nested within an exhibition at theDunedin School of Art, Te Maru Pümanawa | College of Creative Practice and Enterprise.

The hui also reflects Dunedin School of Art’s 150th anniversary and its role within the cultural life of Ötepoti/Dunedin.Today’s world is troubling and confusing. Together we are entangled in an increasingly complex world thatchallenges our knowledge and our feelings. Artworks can help us to negotiate this complexity as they offer an alternative space to contemplate the global and the local, the self and the wider, collective world shared by human and non-human alike that is so increasingly affected by our actions.

The hui takes place over Saturday and Sunday, with a celebration of the exhibitions on Saturday evening. Allare welcome to the exhibition celebration, while registration is necessary for the conference presentations. Read more at https://artsymposium.op.ac.nz/

Download Exhibition Catalogue.

Mentorship 2020

Mentor and Mentee

In the making since the second half of 2019, the plan has evolved into something far from my predictions.

When I originally approached Che Chorley about a mentorship he was living on the coast about 40km south of my home in Adelaide. However a work and lifestyle change came up that saw Che transfer 3,000kms north to Darwin.

The plan was to seek his support as I embarked on learning new skills and thrashing around ideas for a new work I am developing on the human impact on marine environments.

Timelines were impacted by the pandemic of course, but we adjusted. The plan was modified to have a mix of video call sessions along with a number of hands-on sessions over a short period in Darwin, August 2020.

I am really looking forward to getting in the water and spending time with Che and I will share some of the work in progress as I track towards the Feb 2021 launch of a new solo exhibition.

If you are not familiar with Che Chorley you may recall a story about an adventurous photographer who went on a expedition for over 5 months along the entire South Australian coastline (Land Sea You Me). Other spectacular work is made bobbing in the ocean.

Special thanks to the Helpmann Academy Elevate Mentorship Program for their funding support.

Verse Magazine

The first Verse Magazine for 2020 is now available for free at all of the University of South Australia campuses.

Edition 32 features a selection of my images along with an interview with me by emerging artist and curator Christina Massolino.

There is also a digital flip book version available to view online now. See below.

Verse Magazine cover edition 32           While you were sleeping #2, 2018, on the cover,

Spreads from Verse Magazine

 
View in Full Screen mode, Edition 32 of Verse Magazine.

Adelaide Hills Landscape Arts Prize

Sail right through me, 2019.

I am very happy that my photograph is a Finalist in the Adelaide Hills Landscape Arts Prize 2019.

I am looking forward to seeing the exhibition of all 40 or so Finalists in a variety of medium at the Opening Event Dec 1st at the Hahndorf Academy in the Adelaide Hills.

South Australian artists were invited to interpret their experience of the Adelaide Hills in ways that highlights and captures their awareness of its dynamic and diverse environment and landscape – natural, rural or urban – and its ever-changing seasons.

‘Sail right through me’ was taken in winter 2019 back where I grew up on the outskirts of Lobethal. In brief I was reminiscing on the still of night that was interrupted by cars. 40cmx60cm C-print on silver halide paper.

This Arts Prize was only launched in 2017 and is presented in alternate years to the biennial Heysen Prize for Landscape at the same venue. More details at the Hahndorf Academy website.

Anthropocene Art Trail

An Anthropocene Art Trail has been installed in conjunction with the R & M McGivern Prize at ArtSpace at Realm and Maroondah Federation Estate Gallery.

Six individual signal box artworks that respond to the theme ‘Anthropocene’ and are inspired by issues surrounding the environment, sustainability and climate change can be visited from 23 November 2019 to 1 February 2020.

I will be doing an artist talk on-site between 12pm and 1pm on Saturday 7 December. Come along for a chat and to also hear from two other artists, Vandal Hype and Carla Gottgens. Bookings and walking trail map links below.

The box I designed features objects I created and photographed for the ‘Unleashing Hell’ series. I also chose to include a newer work. ‘Hairific’ from the 2018 Filter series (visible in E-newsletter image above).

I will post some additional photographs in the week after the artist talk. Thanks now to Maroondah City Council for the preview images above.

Anthropocene Art Trail Map
Artist Talk bookings via TryBooking
More details on the Maroondah City Council Public Art web page

More about the Unleashing Hell series.

Filter

A small archive of images and text from the Filter exhibition.

Diverse photographic methods combine to reflect the past, present and future of our changing coastal environment.

Artist in Residence Exhibition
22 September to 27 October 2018
Sauerbier House culture exchange
21 Wearing Street, Port Noarlunga.Filter-Sauerbier House - Hallway-Gallery-Neville-Cichon

 

Artist statement
We often hear a lot of small numbers in relation to climate change.
One degree temperature rise. One centimetre sea level rise.
No cause for alarm surely? Seemingly so small,
but how does this translate to our own backyard?

During this residency I learnt a little more about what these numbers mean and the projections for the future.

My art practice explores ways to bring an Australian perspective to the discussion on climate change. Far removed from the visuals of icebergs and polar bears, the beach is ingrained into Australian culture. These works signal the relationship between a global phenomenon and the host of our recreational or lifestyle desires.

My time as an artist in residence at Sauerbier House provided an opportunity to experiment with photography and its capacity to convey ideas about the challenges ahead. For example, studio photography can heighten our connection to objects while long exposure and abstract works encourage contemplation and wide ranging interpretations.

Works were created in response to information on climate change impacts sourced from specialist reports and experts on coastal management. Just as important were the hours, either during the day or under a full moon, experiencing the coastline in all weather conditions.

Sea levels rise with the melting of the ice caps. Warming oceans add to that rise through thermal expansion. This is a given for many people. Are we willing to see our idyllic beaches and coastal environment become a memory, rather than an experience accessible to future generations?

The Dark Room
In addition to the work exhibited in the Hallway Gallery the small red brick Washhouse in the grounds of Sauerbier House was used for an installation.

Visitors to Sauerbier House during the residency were invited to consider climate change and write their thoughts anonymously about their brightest hopes and darkest fears. A thermal imaging camera was used to create portraits in collaboration with local volunteers.

Visitors to the exhibition of the 5 weeks were also invited to make their anonymous contributions and these will collated and examined to influence a future work.

Radio interviews
Interviews with Radio Adelaide and ABC Radio Adelaide about the exhibition can be found here.

Supported by
Arts South Australia, the City of Onkaparinga and the Helpmann Academy.

Special thanks to
The City of Onkaparinga and their Sauerbier House Artist in residence program.

Jaynie Langford and all of the wonderful volunteers. Nina Keath and the Sustainability Team.

Suntrix Solar for the loan of the Thermal Imaging Camera and the volunteers who donated their time for portraits and those who contributed their darkest fears and brightest hopes.

Creative Climate Awards 2019

Since 2015 the Human Impacts Institute in New York has hosted an annual series of events that showcase artists creating climate inspired performances, installations and exhibits.

In 2019 I will be exhibiting 2 works in the month long group show in Manhattan.

On Wednesday 6 November the Opening Event will feature multiple performances by participating artists as well as the Awards presentation. You won’t want to miss this kick-off event full of inspiring and innovative ways to address climate change from artists all over the world.

The 2019 Creative Climate Awards run from November 6th to December 4th weekdays 9am to 5pm at the
Taipei Economic and Cultural Office
1 East 42nd Street 
New York, NY 10017

Congratulations to all of the other artists and, although I will not be able to attend, I look forward to following the unveiling of the wide variety of work throughout the exhibition.

LINKS
Human Impacts Institute website
Opening night Tickets via Eventbrite – Free
Media Release by the Human Impacts Institute

Making waves

The last day of the weeklong Conference on Communication and Environment (COCE) in Vancouver was for excursions.

I participated in the visit to the Vancouver Maritime Museum to have a special tour of the Making Waves: The Story and Legacy of Greenpeace Exhibit.

The added bonus was we were hosted by the curator of the exhibition as well as two seasoned campaign and communications experts with Greenpeace International.

It was inspiring to see how the organisation had grown from the early days of making and selling pins to fund campaigns to the reach they now have internationally.

Although not part of the Greenpeace exhibit, one image above was taken while on the deck of the St. Roch. It was the first vessel to sail the Northwest Passage from west to east (1940-1942), the first to complete the passage in one season (1944), and the first to circumnavigate North America. 

On the deck were COCE delegates from Canada, USA and Estonia (and Australia holding the smartphone) with Jess and Soenke from Greenpeace International.

Marine Centre

While in Los Angeles, after the conference in Vancouver, I had a full day planned for a special trip to Catalina Island, just off the coast of LA.

I was the guest of the University of Southern California Wrigley Marine Science Centre. I planned the visit over many months and was fortunate to have the Director, Kenneth Nealson available to escort me and give me a tour of the facility and the diverse initiatives.

About a 90min journey on the Miss Christi took as from San Pedro to the campus near Two Harbors. The arid conditions there have prompted a number of sustainability initiatives looking at water conservation and food waste management alongside the more ambitious Kelp Biofuel project.

I was pleasantly surprised at the wholistic approach to sustainability across the operation of the Centre and was pleased to hear of the large numbers of young people that engage with their programs every year.

Have a look at the links above to read more about the Centre.

The images in the gallery above a mixture taken either on a smartphone or using a toy camera with medium format film (lomography). The red flares are the result of unexpected light exposure to the film.

LACMA study visit

After COCE in Vancouver I planned a visit to LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) to have a close look at a selection of photographic Artists.

In the LACMA Study Centre for Photography and Works on Paper I had the privilege of having a very close look at works not on display by artists such as Ansel Adams, Ruth Bernhard, Paul Caponigro and Alan Delaney.

Winter in Sydney

Two of my works from the Filter exhibition are on display this winter in Sydney.

Oversized prints of ‘Circa 2030’ and ‘We are moving’ are hanging in the Paddington Library, 247 Oxford St, Sydney.

They will be up from June through to the end of August. Check their opening hours to plan a visit 7 days a week.

Paddington Library webpage.

Art Award

Installation view of Fire and Flood at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

Very exciting news to share that my showcase of 8 artworks, Fire and Flood, at the 15th Biennial Conference on Communication and Environment was very well received.

Fire and Flood was selected to win the inaugural Outstanding Art Award by delegates from over 20 countries for the work that they felt best exemplified environmental communication in the arts.

Thank you to the hosts, the International Environmental Communication Association and special thanks to Arts South Australia for the funding support to help make this possible.

Bushfire Appeal

Update – over $15,000 was raised. Final figure still to come.

SA Arts for a Cause is group of South Australian artists fundraising for political and environmental. The Artists Making Futures: Bushfire Appeal is an art auction and art sale hosted by Holy Rollers Studio on Sunday February 9 from 4-8pm. 69 Prospect rd, Prospect, South Australia.

All proceeds are donated to charity, 50% to Firesticks Alliance Indigenous Corporation and 50% to WWF-Australia Wildlife and Nature Recovery Fund.

Over 50 artists have donated work for sale or as Auction or Raffle items. I have donated two works from the Unleashing Hell series, Long term planning and Turn down the heat.

Hot news

Fire & Flood logo

I am very happy to share the news that I will be showcasing recent work in Vancouver in June 2019.

The title of the showcase, Fire & Flood, seems very relevant now given what people across Australia are experiencing at the moment.

However it was back in November 2018 I put together the proposal that combined works from my Unleashing Hell (bushfires) series with works from the recent Filter exhibition (rising sea levels).

Acronym alert. IECA and COCE2019 at UBC. The event is the 15th Biennial Conference on Communication and Environment (COCE) presented by the International Environmental Communication Association at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver campus.

The conference will bring together scholars, practitioners, artists, students and concerned citizens from around the world to share research, good practices, experience, and stories in order to help foster more effective, inspiring, ethical, and hopeful environmental and sustainability communication.

https://theieca.org/conference/coce-2019-vancouver

Those from Adelaide, and elsewhere of course, may be familiar with Ackroyd & Harvey who installed the series of large living portraits at Womadelaide 2018. They were Keynote Speakers at COCE 2015 in Bolder, Colorado.

Over twenty countries will be represented at the event. I have seen the draft conference program (19 pages, no line breaks), but it will not be made public for a couple of months.

I will share more news on this as it becomes available. And fingers crossed for the arts grant applications I have been writing day and night lately.