I am super pleased to be selected as a finalist in the 11th Prospect Portrait Prize. Open to entries nationally, a shortlist of 34 entries will be on display at the Newmarch Gallery in Adelaide.
The longest running portrait prize in South Australia, the Prospect Portrait Prize is a non-acquisitive juried exhibition of contemporary portraits in any medium.
Opened on Friday 10 December 2021 and runs until 25 January 2022.
The generosity of my photographic mentor Che Chorley is as immense as the ocean he loves to photograph in. He repeatedly submerged for extended periods to simulate an object relevant to a photographic concept for ‘Uprising’ I was developing.
The encouragement and advice flowed as we travelled in his car, with his photographic equipment, to Fannie Bay and the waterholes of Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory. This image reminds me of his big-heartedness and our shared sense of humour.
I flew into a very grey and wet Coolangatta for the World Surf League Challenger Series Gold Coast Pro at Snapper Rocks.
I arrived on Day 3 of the event less than 2 hours before Kelly Slater was about to compete in his 2nd and last formal heat of the event. He wore the green top in that heat and just before sunset on Day 4 he wore the white top in the Legends Heat.
Bettylou Sakura Johnson at the Gold Coast Pro, Snapper Rocks, May 2022. Experimenting with long exposures to capture the motion of the athletes and ocean.
Some out takes from the grey days at Snapper Rocks, Gold Coast in May, 2022.
The 3rd Poster Project by Climarte was launched in Melbourne on 26 February, 2022. Following an open call to artists to create an original poster design, 10 works were selected and pasted up around the streets of Melbourne.
An online gallery of shortlisted entries was also launched and you will find two of my poster designs there. See all entries.
CLIMARTE’s Vision To harness the power of the Arts to communicate the Climate Emergency in all its manifestations to mobilise the public to demand immediate effective action; a transition to zero emissions and the drawing down of legacy carbon at emergency scale and speed, before 2030.
For the video clip to ‘We resist’ by Midnight Oil, they put a call out for people to submit images of protests.
One of my images is used in the video, and while at their concert at the Riverstage Brisbane in April 2022, I was able see it displayed as a backdrop to their performance of ‘We resist’ at the opening of the concert.
Lead singer Peter Garrett is up the back left, raising his arm.
It is bizarre to know that this image will now tour around the world with them as they travel to Canada, USA, NZ and Europe.
I will gradually add more images and information to this page once I get the chance to stop and review all of the footage.
If you are keen now to learn more about the Dwarf Minke Whales visit the Minke Whale Project that has been researching them for decades.
Some brief points
I sailed from Cairns overnight on July 15 and and spent a few days out along Ribbon Reef 9 and 10 before flying back to Cairns from Lizard Island on July 19, 2021.
My encounters adhered to the Code of Practice for dwarf minke whale interactions in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area (read Code) and were supervised by a researcher with over 20 years experience with the whales.
The whales visit the northern Great Barrier Reef each winter and form the only known predictable aggregation of these whales in the world.
The whales control the interactions and often stayed for 2 hours or even many more.
They were first discovered in the 1980’s and are not yet formally described with very little know about them. They are currently regarded as a subspecies of the northern hemisphere minke Balaenoptera acutorostrata.
They usually grow to between 6 and 9 metres in length and weigh several tonnes.
The School Strike 4 Climate Friday October 15, 2021 kicked off a long term project for me documenting climate protests. As we head towards Glasgow and a Federal election I expect ample opportunities to hit the streets with my camera.
A unique twist to this project is the collection of Placards from protests that I will use as part of an exhibition in late 2022.
I had a table in the square after the SS4C March for donations of unwanted placards to be made. Special thanks to the Festival of Climate Action for giving me a spot next to the Food Trucks.
There was a huge program of the Festival that followed through to Sunday afternoon.
WANT TO DONATE YOUR PLACARD? Look out for announcements about my location at future events or feel to send me an email to ClimateProtestArtATgmail.com
I am also happy to hear from people interested in working with me on the creation of behind the scenes photos of placard making sessions and/or interviews about your involvement in climate protests. Likewise just send me an email. My preferred timeline is anytime during late 2021 and the first half of 2022.
92 year old Stanley has been eating an apple and a banana every day for as long as he can remember.
This image presents his typical annual consumption showing 729 pieces of fruit. Times that by just 10 or even 20 years and you get a staggering number that reflects his commitment to good nutrition that has contributed to his long, happy, healthy life.
I created this work in response to the Art Prize theme of Healing and I was very pleased to learn is was shortlisted as a Finalist to be exhibited amongst 40 works from over 400 entries received.
The exhibition has now closed but more details about the Centre for Creative Health and the Art Prize can be found at their website.
Annual consumption, 2021, 60cm x 60cm, Pigment print. Ed of 2 + AP.
The new exhibition Uprising was launched on Saturday 6 February 2021. The summer weather expected for the Opening was replaced with cooler conditions and the threat of rain. But it was great to have 80 people attend the event that also launched new work by Gilbert Roe.
This new work had been brewing for 18 months prior and influenced by a range of activities. I undertook a Mentorship with Che Chorley and spent time with him in the water in Darwin in August 2020. After a trip out onto the Great Barrier Reef in September I had a 2-week residency at the Tanks Arts Centre in Cairns. I then squeezed in a side trip to the National Sea Simulator and the Coral Core Collection at the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) in Townsville.
The exhibition ran until March 20th. Visit the Uprising exhibition page on this site for more details. Artist Peter Drew was promoted as the Guest Opening Speaker, but had to cancel last minute due to COVID Quarrantine requirements. Unfortunately Peter has not been able to reschedule an alternate date during the exhibition.
The timing is right with this topic as 2021 signals the commencement of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. More about that here.
Special thanks to the Bowden Print Group and Prolab Imaging for their support of this exhibition.
So this sounds familiar. We have all read something like this in the final credits of a movie.
To clarify things up front this is not a disclaimer for some particular incident that I, the filmmaker, was responsible for. It is about the big picture.
Originally released as a 2 channel video within the solo exhibition ‘Uprising’ at Sauerbier House, South Australia in February 2021 on two flat screens. This re-creation has been produced to share online and specifically for COCE2021 (Conference on Communication and Environment) hosted virtually in June 2021 by the International Environmental Communication Association (IECA).
This is the theme of COCE2021. The 16th Conference on Communication and Environment presented by the International Environmental Communication Association (IECA) online, June 21-24.
The conference brings together artists, practitioners, scholars, students and engaged citizens from around the world to discuss the state of communication related to environmental affairs.
The intent of this theme, Re-Mediating the Wild, is to bring attention to research and practical experience on how best to communicate for the sake of Wildlife and Wild places and address the ways in which communication and culture influence how humans value the Wild and perceive their relationships with the rest of Nature.
In 2019 the theme for the Conference in Vancouver was ‘Water’ and I was fortunate enough to have recently completed an artwork series on rising sea levels and coastal erosion. The series was called Filter and I was able to showcase it there.
The 2021 conference was originally scheduled to be hosted in Hobart, but for obvious reasons that has been postponed to 2022 and this year it will be online. Once again I was fortunate with the theme as I was just completing a new series of work on the human impact on marine environments when submissions to exhibit were requested.
I am looking forward to a few intensive days of listening in and watching sessions and discussion online. Within the conference portal (fee required) delegates can access a specific exhibition space where up to 10 artists from around the world will showcase their artworks and engage via live video chat individually or in small groups.
There are also a number of social sessions in the conference program called Coffee and Cocktails as the timezone you are will determine what is in your tumbler. This is the first time I have formally participated in showing my work online in a live format is I am sure I will learn a lot and no doubt it will be valuable experience for years to come.
The core works I am showing for COCE2021 are the six photographs above and my short moving image work ‘The Ocean was harmed during the making of this film’ (2m16s). These are a selection of works from my solo exhibition ‘Uprising’ that was launched in February 2021.
Re-Mediating the Wild Cover image credit as displayed on homepage. Photo illustration by Mark Meisner. Original photos by SONY and Diorit are licensed under Creative Commons.
Here is a preview of a new moving image work installed in the Wash House as part of the Uprising exhibition. Sea of People.
Not only has it been a surprise piece for those that have seen it is was also a surprise for me as it was developed very late in the project and was a considerable step away from the traditional series of photographic prints I had originally conceived.
I have had more questions about how this particular work was made then I have had about the photographs of objects mysteriously suspended in the ocean.
I won’t give away much more now until I will post some footage, if not the whole film. 4m 30sec.
The heritage qualities of the building limit what can be done in the space however it works well to host a simple rustic installation with a louder soundtrack away from the main exhibit.
At the launch of Uprising on Saturday 6 Feb there was such a warm response to this image I felt compelled to share it here along with the back story.
I met Gary at Fannie Bay, Darwin in August 2020. With the guidance and equipment on loan from my mentor Che Chorley, I took my first photographs in the ocean with a professional camera and housing.
It was calm and quiet. We had the beach and water to ourselves mid-afternoon, except one visual blemish. A small dark shape that hovered near the surface in any direction that I pointed the camera. I gave in trying to deceive Gary and chose to photograph the photo-bomber instead.
When you visit Sauerbier House to see the Uprising exhibition you can get up close to Gary adorning a window in the gallery.
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Come along and learn about the diverse projects that AusOcean is delivering in South Australia for marine conservation.
From their current Rapid Bay Underwater Live Stream Crowdfund to Oyster Reef Habitat Restoration and various marine health research projects at Carrickalinga and Kangaroo Island among others.
Following an introduction to the Uprising exhibition by Visual Artist Neville Cichon, AusOcean Marine Ecologist, Catherine Larkin, will explain a selection of their projects and the environmental challenges they address. There will be time for questions and the session will be followed by the opportunity for informal discussion about the work of AusOcean and the exhibition.
This is a free event, however due to capacity limits bookings are required via TryBooking.
Saturday 13 February 2021 2.00pm to 3.00pm Sauerbier House Culture Exchange 21 Wearing Street Port Noarlunga, South Australia