Upcoming show: Altar of Xi’orhki, Gender-neutral God of Equilibrium

Upcoming show: Altar of Xi’orhki, Gender-neutral God of Equilibrium

Altar of Xi’orhki, Gender-neutral God of Equilibrium

 

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Street Art in Castlemaine

My first street art, made to coincide with the 2017 Castlemaine State Festival in Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia. I was unaware of the festival's submission dates last year, so I missed it! :( Not to be deterred, I went ahead and made something for it anyway ;)

This work, Scale #1 and Scale#2, is a continuation of my ongoing series, Ways of Seeing. The title of the series pretty much speaks for itself, or so I hope! It's not an original title- John Berger wrote and co-created an immensely influential television series called Ways of Seeing, which aired in 1972 and was later adapted into a book of the same name.

I appropriated the title as I use this work to inform my own perspectival explorations using photography and video.

Photos taken by the supertalented artist-writer-illustrator Rachel Claire, my willing partner in crime that night. Thanks Rachel! xx

(mis)Appropriation

The State series continues... State #3 is now at CASPA in Castlemaine, Victoria. State #3 is a response to the show's theme but within the context of the series.

 

(mis)Appropriation runs till the end of December, 2016.

State #3

CCP Salon 2016

I'll be showing a couple of new works at the Centre for Contemporary Photography's 2016 CCP Salon. It's their annual open-entry exhibition.

These works, State #1 and State #2, (maybe the start of a series?) are in parts, me tapping into the zeitgeist and exploring the abstract concept of nationality, the politics of identity, current global migrant and refugee crisis, what makes people tick, what they fear, the rise of the far-right and where the intelligentsia are getting things wrong.

They are not photographic works per se, more like installations created by using photomedia. There is a back story to go with the photomedia. I was at the Malaysian immigration department getting my passport photo taken back in the pre-digital days, quite possibly for my first trip to Australia, but I'm not sure. The man operating the photo booth had stacks of these pairs of leftover negative space cut-outs. He was collecting them instead of throwing them out. I remember feeling like I really wanted some of it, partly because I thought his collection was amazing and partly, in some subliminal way, I knew that someday they'll become useful for something. I persuaded him to sell me some. That was roughly 20 years ago and I've lugged them around with me ever since, not quite knowing why or what I'll do with them, until now.

The show opens on Thursday, 24 November, 2016 at 6pm.