FELTnatural install

Here are some shots of my work titled ‘Ping Pong Glob’ that was installed under the King William Street Bridge for the FELTnatural River Torrens Public Art Project in November 2013. Thanks also to local street press Rip It Up for the promo!

http://www.ripitup.com.au/lifestyle/article/felt-natural-river-torrens-project

FELTnatural, ping pong balls, LED lights, Tupperware

FELTnatural, ping pong balls, LED lights, Tupperware

FELTnatural, ping pong balls, LED lights, Tupperware

FELTnatural, ping pong balls, LED lights, Tupperware

FELTnatural, ping pong balls, LED lights, Tupperware

FELTnatural, ping pong balls, LED lights, Tupperware

http://www.feltspace.org/felt-natural-nov-2013-2/

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23rdians @ Arts SA, Sculpture for Sight & FELTspace Wrap Party

23rdians @ Arts SA 2014

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Today I delivered 3 of my Silicone Nozzle light works to Arts SA to be part of their annual emerging curators program hang. Emerging curator Carollyn Kavanagh has developed a fascinating exhibition rationale and diverse group of artists whose work will be on display in the Arts SA building throughout 2014. I am thrilled to be involved in this project. You can check out her concept for the hang below….

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I will also have three other Silicone Nozzles light works on display at this years Sculpture for Sight exhibtion at St. Marks College. The fundraising exhibition is to be held this weekend. The sold out Cocktail Party is on Friday night but the general public can view works from 100 artists on Saturday 14th December 11am to 5pm – gold coin donation entry. There will be fantastic coffee and gourmet food available for purchase – all by the wonderful bistro PUBLIC CBD.

The objectives of this event are:

To raise $200,000 to equip four regional eye centers, and reduce the enormous burden of cataract blindness in Myanmar. In remote regions of Myanmar nearly 1 in every 10 adults are blind, most unnecessarily so due to cataract. The new equipment and specialised training will allow the local eye surgeons to markedly increase the number of cataract operations they can perform each year. We also need to continue providing subspecialty training for our colleagues in the major ophthalmic training centres in Myanmar.

To promote the synergy of sculpture and loss of sight

To promote sculpture artists, offering pieces for sale on a commission basis

Check out the online catalogue here:

http://elixrdesign.com.au/sculptureforsight/index.html

and the video promotion for the event on the link below and all the details on the Facebook event page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/151346631738505/

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FELTspace DE-VERSIONS WRAP PARTY and Christmas drinks:

FELTspace wrap party 2013

Our DE-VERSIONS festival for 2013 is coming to a close…
This will mark the last event of the year for FELTspace so please join us on Saturday 14th from 6pm to celebrate.
Saturday will include:
-The final installment of the DE-VERSIONS Growing Exhibition from artist Brad Lay.
-The launch of treespace.
-and Christmas carols from Choral Grief
All welcome!

December updates / what’s on!

The ARI that I Co-Direct (FELTspace) is in the midst of DE-VERSION Festival 2013 Madness! DE-VERSIONS is a 3 week long series of creative events. We launched the festival with FELTnatural, a river Torrens public art Project, which was a great success. The rest of our program includes (has included) sound & performance art, a continually evolving exhibtion, movie nights, the launch of TREEspace and a Panel Discussion tonight. I was in charge of co-coordinating this evenings event and have managed to build a brilliant panel consisting of :

Lisa Slade – Project Curator at the Art Gallery of South Australia
Paul Greenaway – Director of Greenaway Art Gallery
Rayleen Forester -Independent Curator and Visual Arts Manager for the Adelaide Festival
Annemarie Kohn – Program Manager at Carclew
To be hosted by Arts writer, Curator and FELTspace Co-Director Eleanor Scicchitano

https://www.facebook.com/events/741235445905775/

All welcome from 6pm to view Matt Huppatz contribution to the evolving exhibtion with the Panel to kick off at 6:30!

A full program for DE-VERSIONS is at the FB event below and there is a specific FB event for each of the dates with further details.

https://www.facebook.com/events/251840604965843/?fref=ts

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DECEMBER CARCLEW FOYER EXHIBITION:

My role as Foyer Curator for 2013 at Carclew is coming to a close. Throughout December and into early January my final artist will be on show. Emerging artist Kate Kurucz presents ‘Likeness’ – a series of new paintings that explore different facets of wealth, fantasy and excess using portraiture.

Opening drinks are this coming Tuesday 10th December from 6:30pm. Carclew is also hosting their first Dusk Arts Market on the same night. There will be 25 artist stalls, live music performances, food trucks and beverages so please join us for all things arty, crafty and Christmasy cheer!

https://www.facebook.com/events/549346481807722/

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img:’Glance’, Kate Kurucz, 2013, oil on canvas, 81cm x 61cm

 

FELTnatural – A River Torrens Public Art Project

So it has been a while in between posts but the pace has not slowed down much. Final photos of ‘The Museum of the Long Weekend’ to come as well as some shots from a workshop at Unley High BUT for now……

FELTnatural, a FELTspace site specific art exhibtion along the River Torrens launches THIS FRIDAY night 7-10pm. We have been working super hard to bring this project to fruition so please join us to celebrate on Friday on the lawn/river foreshore  at the junction of Victoria Drive and Kintore Avenue, 7-10pm. Sneaky Pickle and ChurrOZ will provide delicious treats, drinks will be available at amazingly cheap prices and there will be fantastic art on show from 20 emerging and established SA artists. If you can’t make it Friday night the artworks will be at their sites Saturday and Sunday so be sure to check it out.

Artists included: Matthew Bradley, Aurelia Carbone, Sundari Carmody, Jemimah Davis, Maarten Daudeij, Steph English, Nicholas Folland, Arlon Hall, Ray Harris, Matt Huppatz, Christian Lock, Alex Lofting, Jess Miley, Deborah Paauwe, Madeline Reece, Patrick Rees, Derek Sargent, Carly Snoswell, James Tylor, and Meg Wilson.

img below: detail shot a new work I have made for this project that will be installed under the bridge, titled ‘Ping Pong Glob’….

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I will have a new work installed under the bridge that you can also check out. If you

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Museum of the Long Weekend update!

“Produced by Big hART ( http://bighart.org/public/ )  for the Centenary of Canberra SPIN program, MUSEUM OF THE LONG WEEKEND is a celebration of the national capital through the lens of recreation, holidays, relaxation and older Australians who worked hard building what we now enjoy. The Museum will be exhibited in and around vintage caravans and begins in the far flung corners of the country before travelling by road to Canberra. These convoys of caravans will be stopping along the way sharing stories, pictures and songs across the country, arriving on the shores of Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin for the long weekend 18th-20th of October 2013.”

For this project I have teamed up with Kylie Brunner and her kids Archie and Olivia and their caravan Bubbles. Thus far the experience has been great! The Brunner family live in gorgeous Maccclesfield, on Terra Bella farm in the Adelaide Hills; a picturesque setting with rolling plains, a spectacular garden and veggie patch, pets galore, bikes, lama’s and sheep! Olivia and Archie are very fond of all the animals and relish their country life. So far I have personally met and hung out with Lola the border collie, Whip the lizard, Milo and Blondie the rabbits, Lucky the duck, Mikey and Winnie the lorikeets, and a whole lots of chooks!

Kylie purchased Bubbles only a couple of years ago. This teeny tiny adorable 60’s/70’s vintage caravan is her first but she has most definitely caught the caravan collecting bug! The journey to Canberra will be the longest yet for Bubbles and the Brunner’s and it will be the very first road trip holiday for Archie and Olivia. Dad, Chad Brunner, is staying home this time around, Bubbles is far too small to accommodate Chad and so has subsequently become a special means of  getting away for just Kylie and the kids – I like to think of Bubbles as a bit of an exclusive cubby house! No technology (or limited) is allowed on Bubbles adventures and so this, and the fact it is the first road trip for the trio, has been the main theme for my response to the project.

Bubbles the caravan

Bubbles the caravan

My work has been focused on – old fashioned fun, summer holidays before the technological age, collecting treasures and scrap booking a journey/adventure, making do with what is at hand and making fun out of essentially nothing! Cardboard is my material of choice – pilfered from factory housing outlet recycle bins and bike shops and toilet paper and fabric rolls (thanks to the lovely ladies at DK fabrics) . I have wanted the kids to be involved in the making and to be the ones who relish the outcomes most. On Sunday I had a great day at Terra Bella farm in the shed with Archie, Olivia and bubbles getting right into making stuff for Canberra. The kid’s enthusiasm and willingness to be involved was awesome. Pictures below of Olivia learning to stencil and spray paint and Archie working very hard at some amazing drawings to kick start his scrap book.

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Updates to follow in the lead up to Canberra! stay informed about the event here : https://www.facebook.com/pages/Museum-of-the-Long-Weekend/343280689115919   and find out more about MOTLW here : http://www.longweekend.bighart.org/

Fluorescence exhibition review : Serena Wong. courtesy of The Curatorial Inquisition

EXHIBITION REVIEW : Serena Wong

The Curatorial Inquisition

Issue #15 Monday 30 September 2013
Fluorescence
Jemimah Davis
Urban Cow Gallery
Light, in any definition of the word, is not tangible. Light, as in the opposite of dark, cannot be touched or felt, it is essentially insubstantial. Yet it is so fundamental to our very existence that we couldn’t live without it. The light from the sun completes the act of photosynthesis which means that plants can grow, produce oxygen and keep us breathing. The light generated in the rising and setting of the sun regulates our body cycles, creating waking and sleeping patterns and in doing so keeps us sane, healthy and happy. It is associated with both the deceptively simple act of seeing, but also with deeply psychological and personal factors of religion, morality and mortality. Low light is anything from amorous to sinister, whereas a bright light can illuminate or interrogate. The contradictions and complexities go on.
Among these many contradictions, is the way that light shapes everything we see, without ever having a physical presence. Shadows and luminescence dictate the space that surrounds us as much as the walls of a building. Olafur Eliasson, a well-known artist who works with large scale, elemental based installations and sculptures, describes light and physicality as connected. For Eliasson light is ‘not just something that falls on a surface so that you can see the surface. Light is something that shapes surface. It shapes it both in colour and shade, but also physically – it gives it a body.’1 The tension inherent in this understanding of light, as both tangible and intangible is a powerful tool in which to make art, and why it can hold such a hypnotism over us.
Jemimah Davis, in her first solo exhibition, Fluorescence, reminds us of the many contradictions light based work can hold. Immediately, when stepping into the space, one thinks of Dan Flavin and his legacy of sculpting space with light and colour from fluorescent tubing. Yet there are important differences to note too. Flavin used pre-fabricated, commercially available lights to create what he called ‘situations’ or ‘proposals’, in which he would make work that would directly respond to each space.
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By contrast, each of Davis’ pieces, are specially handcrafted glowing pods, made from everyday objects. They transform the mundane into mesmerising undulating spheres, each emanating a different fluorescent colour. Constructed from Tupperware, nozzles, and what I can only imagine is a large amount of glue, these carefully assembled objects draw you in, like a moth to a flame. Intense colours emanate from the centre of these lights, radiating out, funnelled through each nozzle. Gradually the light is defused before it leaks into the space of the gallery. The points made by the nozzles seem chaotic, reaching out simultaneously in every direction, yet they are arranged in an ordered process, following and outlining strangely rounded forms. They seem almost alive, as if they have an agency of their own, and are growing to their own agenda, like early organisms.
Her lights turn technology from an infinitely updated sleek mobile device into a beautifully considered, lo-fi, handmade object. In making them from the everyday, Davis has made objects that seem familiar, yet alien, common yet exotic. After staring into these lights, examining each in turn, one turns away, dazzled and slightly dazed, with shadows of colours dancing across the retina, staining the rest of the room with its residual glow.
Paper-mache Ballons, one of the strongest pieces, was an installation on the wall created from white spheres of varying sizes, arranged in a circle. Onto it Davis projected a 5 minute looped video of swirling, ever changing colours which lit up each individual sphere with a luminesce that overshadowed all the other colours and lights in the room. The texture of the installation gave the colour and pattern based projection a physicality and complexity that was absent in the lights. The spheres gave the fluorescent colours a body, onto which it moulded itself and made each shape unimaginable without the colour and light. The result being the light sculptured the installation and the installation sculptured the light in a beautiful dance between the physical and the imagined.
Unfortunately due to space, the full experience and effect could not be fully realised. Each light needed its own space to breathe, reflect and shape the area around it with its intangible, yet palatable qualities. The size of the room limited this and as a result, the colours became muddied, and mixed indiscriminately together, creating an intense confusion of colour, rather than allowing the lights to shape the space around them. Indeed, the projection piece filled the whole space with its reflected light and much like an older, bigger sibling, overshadowed much of the other work. To see these works in a larger space, that could be separated better, would make each piece the stand out that they could be.
Serena Wong

Coming up in October…

October is to be yet another busy busy busy month jam-packed full of arty goodness so I’m not complaining – sleep and days off are over rated right?!?!
To kick start the month I have 2 exhibition openings that I am involved with:

Opening next Wednesday 2nd October at FELTspace is ‘to the things themselves’. Curated by superstar Ray Forester and featuring a whole bunch of fantastic female artists you won’t want to miss this one. Madi pretty much sums it up perfectly here –
http://thethousands.com.au/adelaide/look/to-the-things-themselves

tsuchitarshi - to the things themselves @ FELTspace

join the facebook event for details : https://www.facebook.com/events/210258032483838/

Then on Wednesday October 9th from 6-8pm I will open my third exhibition as curator for the Carclew Foyer Gallery – ‘Non-threatening Boys’. For this exhibition early career visual artist Dominique Keeley will present paintings that explore the image of teen idols past and present.  Dominique’s work analyses the meaning of masculinity in contemporary culture and explores the roles of male pop icons. Her work investigates the notion of these well-known teen idols – the non-threatening boys – as a consumable commodity marketed to a youthful female audience and the subsequent conflict that arises between the image and the individual. The body of work in all its glittering, candy-coloured glory, will be on display in the Carclew Foyer Gallery from Friday 4 October – Thursday 31 October, opening drinks Wednesday October 9th.

* i think it is rather poignant that this exhibition co-incidentally co-insides with the superstar teen idol boy band “One Directions” visit to Adelaide, playing EIGHT sold out shows in our little town….. EIGHT show!!!!  check out Rip It Up’s fabulously amusing review of the concert here……

http://www.ripitup.com.au/music/article/live-review-one-direction-at-adelaide-entertainment-centre-mon-sep-23

Dominique Keeley - 'Non-threatening Boys' : Carclew Foyer Gallery

img: Dominique Keeley, ‘SOMEDAY’ (detail), oil paint and glitter on board, 75cm x 75cm, 2013

join the facebook event for more details : https://www.facebook.com/events/237939813022744/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

PEMBROKE – Artist in Residence

 For 10 days over the last 3 weeks I had the great privilege of being the Artist in Residence at Pembroke Middle School. During my time there I worked with all four year 9 Art classes to deliver a collaborative installation.

The installation grew under the pergola that links all of the art rooms. The students were introduced to my art practice of creating something extraordinary out of ordinary materials – making do with what ever is close at hand.  With me, they made all of the elements that would come together to form the installation outside.

Our first material was outdated Pembroke newsletters and then we moved onto paper plates, paper patty-pans, Styrofoam cups and ping pong balls. I walked them through approaches to making when you don’t know what the outcome will be, or what it is you are really making but rather focusing on finding form and playing with materials until they become something other / something new.

It took a little while for the students to become comfortable with letting go of trying to make “something” ie: a flower, a bug etc. but they quickly caught on to the idea of simply “playing” with a material first and then started to develop some of their own, fantastic ideas and processes of transformation.

Our main focus and ideas were based on shifting 2D objects into 3D; the effects of accumulation en masse and the potential for illumination and / or incorporation of light and shadow. The deadline was to finish in time for the Middle School Art Exhibition Opening, which occurred last Thursday night. It was great evening and I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent at Pembroke and with the students, teachers and art assistants.

The end result was really satisfying and the students should and did feel extremely proud of their work. It was great working with so many students on the one installation and sharing my joy for making with them. Pictures below for viewing…..

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Jemimah Davis - Pembroke Artist in Residence, term 3 2013

Jemimah Davis – Pembroke Artist in Residence, term 3 2013

Museum of the Long Weekend – Sydney side

Last nights opening went off without a glitch, something I am very grateful for giving the number of plugs, cords and power that keeps the works alive. It was a really great turn out and a lot of fun.

BUT NOW…….

I am Sydney bound to work with Gigi, Greg, Glenn and my gorgeous sister in law Zoe (that’s a lot of ‘G’s) to create a work for Big h’ART project – ‘The Museum of the Long Weekend’.

Greg and Glenn live in the Blue Mountains and are the very proud owners of the beautiful Gigi – their vintage caravan.

Over the next week and a half, Zoe and I will be creating a Museum within Gigi that tells the story of Glenn, Greg and previous owner Ron.

Stay tuned for updates and development shots but for now follow the link to learn a little about MOTLW……

http://www.longweekend.bighart.org/

Gigi the Caravan

Gigi the Caravan