Sunday, January 26, 2014

TREE RUGS!





Thank you so much to the superstars that is iAM Projetcs. They curated a whole bunch of rad installations for the new Gasworks redevelopment that I was lucky enough to be involved in. The Gasworks site is pretty iconic here in Brisbane, it's an old gasometer that has become the centrepiece for a new development of apartments, restaurants and retail spaces. 

Transforming what are typically worksite construction materials, I created a site-specific, outdoor installation for the Generate exhibition. Employing craft techniques to fabricate colourful adornments for the trees in the park area at Gasworks, the contrast between the natural world and the built environment became exaggerated. Through the use of vivid colours and angular shapes that mimic the repetition of patterns found in the original and iconic Gasometer Frame.



Cabinet of Cities. Invisible Curiosities.




“... from the number of imaginable cities we must exclude those whose elements are assembled without a connecting thread, an inner rule, a perspective, a discourse. With cities, it is as with dreams: everything imaginable can be dreamed, but even the most unexpected dream is a rebus that conceals a desire, or it’s reverse, a fear.”
Italo Calino

It's becoming very apparent that I am drawn to window spaces, but this has to be the most interesting of all of them. Mailbox 141 is a gallery space housed in a stairwell on Flinders Lane in Melbourne. The 19 tiny window spaces which are now heritage listed, were previously (as the name suggests) mailboxes. For this exhibition I created these tiny hand painted sculptures made from clay and crystals. It was quite a difficult task creating work that not only fit within the boxes but were cohesive across 19 of them.



Cabinet of Cities. Invisible Curiosities interconnected two main ideas that within themselves had no particular commonality. Somehow, obscure lines were drawn between the two, creating a panoramic story within the boxes of Mailbox 141. Creating a site-specific installation around the premise of two very different books that both engage and inspire me: A Cabinet of Curiosities: A pictorial inventory of Albertus Seba’s collection of natural specimens, and Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino. One is imagery described through the use of words, the other is the natural world represented in pictures. 

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Electroreception

My colab partner Tristan checking out his handiwork inside the shark



This looks crazy! I collaborated with Tristan Houghton film making/director ace for the Seven with Another sixth edition. With the theme being six, we used our supernatural powers and tapped into our sixth senses to create this work. My end of the bargain involved constructing this beyond neon shark with laser beam eyes. Tristan's contribution was a film that was shown inside the sharks mouth. The colours are so great!

Here's how we explained things:

What started as a dream and escalated into a nightmare, eventually awoke to an idea for this collaborative project. A psychedelic shark attack. 

Using the idea that as human beings our sixth sense and intuition can be found in dreams, nightmares, premonitions and visions, this project took the vision from a dream and traversed it into the scientific realm. As it happens, sharks also share a sixth sense that enables them to sense electromagnetic fields in the sea. 

This project draws from both inspirations and unites the two through the use of sculpture and film in this site-specific installation. 

Tristan is a gold coast based film maker, surfer and lover of the ocean. Sue-Ching is a Brisbane based installation artist who hates the beach and fears the sea. This project is the result of when love and hate, passions and dreams collide. 

Falling for Fireworks

Photo: Joanne Thies

This outdoor installation was commissioned by Urban Art Projects for the Art with Altitude Festival at DFO Brisbane. It was curated by Natasha Smith and Megan Cope. Such an honour and an amazing undertaking! It has been the largest project I've worked on and was rewarding and challenging. The woven canopy was suspended between two buildings over a walkway. The top photo was taken by artist/photographer Joanne Thies. Please check out her lovely blog.

A little bit about the work:



Inspired by the concept of being immersed in tiny explosions of fireworks in the sky,Falling for Fireworks will also animate notions of mapping, history and navigation. With fire being one of the four elements in ancient philosophy and astrology, this installation seeks to imaginatively portray and amalgamate these ideas.

Constructed from vibrantly coloured nylon ropes and synthetic materials, the artwork will employ traditional craft-based techniques such as macramé, knitting and basketry weaving for its construction. Knotted and netted in vivid colours, the work will be suspended within Airport Village’s Spine creating a captivating and colourful canopy.

Monday, January 2, 2012

a love letter...

If a love letter were a drawing, it would be of Reykjavik. X

LOVE LOVE XMAS



A very spontaneous and impromptu idea led to this little diorama that I made for the Love Love end of year show. The title of the work was taken from René Daumal's novel Mount Analogue. Sometimes I dream in neon, and sometimes my dreams and reality find a way to cross paths.