Many pleasant evenings were spent at the Gekko Lounge listening to "Broomese" live music during the Broome Music and Art Festival over the past few months. This was a great way to break up the studio time as was having the odd beverage on a verandah, in gardens and at art openings primarily at the excellent Short St Gallery in Broome's Chinatown. A short visit to Derby was also a fine break as I managed to go Terra-sailing over the mudflats as well as playing lawn bowls during a small insect plague in this town known for its incredible Boab trees.
Back in June I found myself in a map shop for a few days looking after a massive array of topographical and satellite maps which was interesting and almost seemed like I was in my studio surrounded by fantastic two dimensional images of landscapes. I also map landscape but in a rather different manner to cartography. I have always been drawn to cartography as it helps us to navigate through the physical world. Art could be seen as a tool to navigate through the more tricky terrain of metaphysical space or am I getting off the track here? The titles of current work will testify to my obvious need to locate myself someplace in the world.
STILL - SICKNESS(TOGO)BIG DARK SPICE MARKET(INDIA)
UNCONSCIOUS AND INDEPENDENT(PERU)257 CROSSES / MT.EREBUS(ROSS ISLAND, ANTARCTICA)
DOMESTIC PRAYER FLAG(PORTUGAL)BLOOD AND PUS COUP D'ETAT(BURKINA FASSO)
ROOTED(AUSTRALIA)ST. PILLOW / LAND OF SMILES(THAILAND)
NON EXISTENT ISLANDS / LOST CARTOGRAPHY(SOUTHERN OCEAN)TACTILE TRANSACTION / SEXY BUSINESS(PHILLIPINES)
IMMERSION SUIT AND TIE(SOUTHERN OCEAN)BROWNOUT IN GOLDENLAND WITH SPIES(MYANMAR/BURMA)
SIGNAGE. 90 N(ARCTIC)UNDER A BRIDGE / HOMAGE TO MUNCH(GERMANY)
IMPEDIMENTA / BAGGAGE
(VIETNAM)LONG LIQUID WINTER(FINLAND)
SELF- CONTAINER(McMURDO, ANTARCTICA)
I head over to the East coast for a number of reasons this month. A documentary about my time in the studio at Davis Station, Antarctica has been completed and is to be aired nationally on ABC TV. AntarcticArt (Everysomewherever) was filmed by Matthew Rooke over the austral summer of 2003/04 and has now been edited and polished. A preview of the film will be held in a Melbourne bar and no doubt other indoor wintry functions will occur in my hometown as I breeze through on my way to Sydney.
The actual date for the national screening of AntarcticArt is the 19th September 22.00 on a Tuesdays night I believe so those interested who are nearby a TV can see how one artist creates in such an environment.
I must pack the bag; find my socks and fly.
ANTARCTICART - EVERYSOMEWHEREVER
DVD copies of the program are available at $25, postage included (within Aust).
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