TIVAF, GAFFA and BEAMS

I'm grateful I've recently taken a holiday to the holy land to acquaint with family I've never before met and as a result now understand from where my roots are spawned and why I am the way I am. Wouldn't say this holiday has provided me respite, but it has energised me in new ways and perspectives, for which I'm grateful. I've returned to delightedly announce the following news, that my artistic offspring are being exhibited this month across three different galleries and establishments. 

If you are proximate to Sydney (and hence myself) you will have two opportunities to enjoy my work alongside those of other wonderful Sydney artists. One of my works will be featured as part of Gaffa's Ten Years anniversary exhibition, opening the 15th and running until the 23rd September. More info here and coming soon via social media channels, etc. 

And for one night only - showcasing more than just flashing lights is one of Sydney's newest and rather needed nights for great art specific to it's inner city location of Chippendale is the BEAMS Festival 2016. My new work postquam terrae (an experimental video created in collaboration with the amazing performer Kathryn Puie) will debut on the rooftop of shop belonging to Extraordinary Ordinary Day - a flagship concept for shoes designed by the talented Ashley Lim. We both saw fit the connection of her minimal yet dynamic footwear to my work exploring the physicality of finding ground and walking unknown territory. We approached Nicky Ginsberg with this idea and here we are enjoying a Sydney spring art festival. So come down, the streets of Chippendale will be alive and plenty to see, eat, drink and chat about. Save Saturday 17th September from 5-10pm in your diaries and call out. Would be lovely to see you. 

More info here: beamsfestival.com.au

If you are in Tasmania this month - my video Aura Nox Anima (which premiered earlier this year at Gaffa, Sydney and the Chippendale New World Art Prize) is being screened at the Tasmanian International Video Art Festival (TIVAF) opening tomorrow: Friday 2nd Sep and running until the 24th Sep. More information here: www.tivaf.org

 

Still from :: postquam terrae :: 2016

aura :: nox :: anima

I didn't think my next solo exhibition would fall so soon after my last one DUNE at Interlude Gallery in Glebe of Oct 2015. Six months later, in the vast and dry emptiness of the Moroccan desert, I snatched a brief signal whilst on the Dune of Reception, notifying me of my submission success.  I welcome you, on the autumnal equinox of March 31st to Gaffa in Sydney for  aura  ::  nox  ::  anima

Born out of existing bodies of work compelled by dry geographies such as the dunes and desert, my residency in Morocco yielded a more geological exploration into death and life cycles, by closely investigating rock and fossil forms. Still inclusive of bodyweather practices, dedication in mediation and movement within this harsh climate, invoked the elements somatically. 

The exhibition is in two parts: Video of long durational performance and movement in the dunes and 2D renditions of rock and stone faces found in what once was a sea bed teeming with life and now a dry barren desert. 

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Facilitating with Marina Abramović in Sydney

“Art can’t change the world, It can only bring the consciousness and ask the questions. 

Once again feeling most grateful that Kaldor Public Art Projects makes such an awesome event possible, here in my hometown of Sydney, I am additionally joyous that I am one of Marina Abramović's facilitators for the project. 

I invite you all to come down over the next two weeks and experience being the art, being what it's all about through simply being present.  I, alongside several Sydney artists will initiate you through the space and into the experiences

Runs: 24 June - 5 July, 2015  ::  12 - 7pm daily   ::  Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay, Sydney

Some info on her and her processes here:

http://www.afr.com/lifestyle/arts-and-entertainment/art/marina-abramovic-wonders-whether-shes-even-creating-art-20150612-ghkfpm

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George Khut and his BrightHe(art)s

Last year I had the pleasure of time off when I stumbled into a pop up exhibition space as part of Sydney Vivid while walking around. I was unconsciously drawn in by a giant pulsating and ever changing shape on a giant screen to which a human being was hooked up. I walked in. I waited my turn. While limbo passed I met and chatted with the artist himself: George Khut.

I can begin to express how much this artwork moved me. Everything is interconnected. This quantified it for me scientifically and more importantly, ethereally and beautifully. I was mesmerised by the visual and audio output of my own heartbeat, pulse and interior landscape. To see oneself is such a way is truly divine. 

It's been used in hospitals for children to get them to self administer calmness and mindfulness. Something most humans can start inculcating into themselves and their lives. 

Enough words, check out his site and should you stumble upon any of his installations - treat yourself. Something truly inspiring and self-engaging unlike any other device or attitude today. 

http://georgekhut.com/


Zola Jesus writes:

About the  spirituality of finding other artists with whom one wholly connects. 

One of my most inspiring musical artists Zola Jesus writes about the above. After many years myself searching through the cliched spiritual paths, I returned to find all I ever needed to access 'that' plane was within myself and art. 

I still haven't connected artistically with others, that is I haven't found that ineffable synergy which lends unspoken idiosyncrasies the universe can only match and understand. Still, I'm hopeful. 

Zola Jesus writes on Japanese cinema, musical scores, ikebana, surreal imagery which interconnects sub-consciously with the viewer and herself as an artist. Perhaps she gets deeper into theory than I like to.

Read on and watch the films. Great eventide in. 

http://www.self-titledmag.com/2013/08/01/celluloi-v-zola-jesus-on-the-films-of-hiroshi-teshigahara/

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Vivid Lights // Sydney

I went to see the following light and sound installation by creative visionaries: Gemma Smith and Caterina Vicaretti. Who both teamed up to beam up the facade of Sydney's MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) with their art. The surface was awash with electric colours and cosmic shapes morphing from one into the next. 

Hypnotised by the kaleidoscope of anamorphic primal colour and subliminal shapes, I stood there in the cold and viewed it more than three times. It was the best night out since 'back in the days' without altering substances required. Art that moves the soul to unite. There are so many ways to get high, this, for me, is the most preferred and definite one of them. 

Subsequently, nothing further at the Vivid Lights Festival, seemed worthy of viewing. With my imagination sparked and my senses thrilled, I followed the track straight home and into bed. 

Read more about the artists here:

Gemma Smith:  http://www.mca.com.au/collection/artist/smith-gemma/ 

Caterina Vicaretti:  http://vimeo.com/user8666001