If you are in the southern regions of the world, you have until the 6th of October to see my work ‘The world is not a surface’ at the Adelaide Botanic Garden. The parent exhibition ‘Arte Magra’ closes on the 5th of October.
As a reminder – the locations are: Casurina grove (next to Nelumbo waterlilly pond), Palm house, Groundcover section, and Australian Forest across the bridge from the wisteria walks. I would love to hear opinions and impressions from anyone who visited the works.MORE
On Sunday the 8th of September I held the picnic performance part of ‘The world is not a surface’ work. Held and Performance are words that perhaps are disingenuous to use in describing this work, as the plan for the picnic was more like an old fashioned ‘happening’ but more relaxed. People were invited to come and picnic at 2pm on the sunday; On arrival I gave them the white painted canvas blankets and instructed them to lay them out where-ever on the luxuriant swathe of green lawn stretching up from the Museum of Economic Botany. The arrangement of white geometric shapes on green and the human activity of inhabitation, talking and eating, were then ‘The Work’. Perhaps this relaxed approach was confusing to participants, most stayed several hours, and seemed to enjoy the warm weather and beautiful surrounds – maybe thMORE
If anyone is stopping by in preparation for seeing my work ‘The world is not a surface’ at the Adelaide Botanic Garden, I thought I would make it a bit easier to visit by listing the locations of the individual objects. I am looking forward to hearing your thoughts and responses to the work, I hope you enjoy it.
– The Casurina Grove (next to Nelumbo Waterlilly pond)
– The Australian Forest (in the clump of forest with tree ferns across the bridge from wisteria walk area)
– The Palm House grotto
– The Groundcover area , in the main Acanthus planting and another small Acanthus planting near the mulberry rotunda and lawn leading up to kiosk.
A map and visitor information for the Gardens may be found HERE
The materials used are: Powder coated cast aluminium, aluminium stands, convex mirror, Specimen tags.
Yesterday I installed my work, ‘The world is not a surface’ at the Adelaide Botanic Garden. It was beautiful to be working in the calm and green gardens on such a warm (30 degrees!) day. I am really happy with the work, the white rings appear to hover against the dense foliage. It is a bit tricky to photograph, the light conditions are very important to the visibility of the work and the human eye is better at finding the sculptures than the camera. But here are some images as a sneak peak. The Arte Magra exhibition opens 5th September 2013 at the Australian Experimental Art Foundation 6pm.
‘Arte Magra: from the opaque’ is the title of the site specific project my work is included in Adelaide. The project opens on the 5th of September 2013 at the Australian Experimental Art Foundation from 6pm. My work is in the Adelaide Botanic Garden so you can skip the glittering drunken crowds of the launch and slip into the gardens for a spot of quiet contemplation anytime until the 5th of October.
The works are spread around Adelaide and Artists include some formidable practioners: Akira Akira, Matthew Bradley, David Cross, Bridget Currie, Aleks Danko & Jude Walton, Annika Evans, Joan Grounds, Ray Harris, Louise Haselton, Jessie Lumb, Monte Masi, Yhonnie Scarce, Tanya Schultz & Aurelia Carbone, Tony Yap & Janet Hoe
The project is curated by Domenico de Clario & Mary Knights, under the umbrella of the AEAF.
My time in Adelaide has been very busy, working with welding fabricators, powder coaters, the Botanic garden staff, printers and of course the gallery. Driving around rain soaked Adelaide sourcing thin metal cable, paint, and other materials, Driving? yes driving – Australia still requires a car to get anything done. But after a week of slightly increasing stress levels, I think I am almost ready for the install in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens on monday. The metal rings came back from the powder coaters today and I have sprayed the stands with protective undercoat. A little sneak peak of the work in progress:
On monday the 12th August I will be flying back to the Southern hemisphere, to my hometown of Adelaide to be part of a project called ‘Arte Magra’. This project is a large site specific exhibition utilising many spaces around the city of Adelaide, the project is curated by Mary Knights, Maria Zagala and Dom DeClario and hosted by the Australian Experimental Art Foundation.
I will be working in the Adelaide Botanic Garden. I am planning an installation of white aluminium rings that will seem to hover over plantings, and a picnic performance held on the 8th of September at 2pm. The photograph below is a kind of maquette for the hovering rings work, the title of which is ‘The world is not a surface’ I am also making a small limited edition Artist book of the ‘Trees among people’ series that will be available at the Dark Horsey boMORE
1) Packing up sculptures for the ‘Arte Magra’ project in Adelaide opening early september. I am still a bit unsure of what I will end up showing as it is an opportunity to work in the Botanic Gardens. One work will be a picnic performance, reprising a work from 2003. I will also be using cast aluminium rings to ‘ring’ or notice, parts of the gardens. I have made a few lumpy strange sculptures that may or may not make it into one of the greenhouses.
2) Packing up our house to move to Brussels. As of the 1st of June, J and I will be living in Brussels for 6 months (apart from stints in Australia). Maybe 2014 will have time for moss gathering.MORE