The Red Desert Project installed 2.5 billion grains of red desert sand on the floor of an urban gallery for city-dwellers to walk barefoot and be ‘out there’ in the emptiness. This immersive exhibition was integral to my studio-based Master of Fine Arts degree at COFA, UNSW. The images are video stills from HD video projections. Left: Moonlight Sonata (Simpson Desert, SA); Centre: Gibson’s Compass (Simpson Desert, SA); Right: Alchemy of the Sun (Lake Disappointment, Little Sandy Desert, WA) > See MFA14
Posted on 2014-06-02 in Abandon, Absurd, Firenze, Invisible, Landscape, mapism, moonstruck, Music, Perspective, Place, Sand, Scale, Science, Shadows, Surreal, Video Stills
Tagged 'out there', 'The Red Desert Project, billion grains of sand, emptiness, Lake disappointment, Little Sandy Desert, materiality, moonlight, moonlight sonata, red, red sand, Simpson Desert, urban dwellers
A ceramic work that is part of a series about getting bogged and stuck in the Simpson Desert for 11 days, 3-13 September 2010. Alasdair Macfarlane drove over 12 kilos of Keane’s Stoneware33 clay wrapped in gladwrap.
I let the clay dry for 2 weeks, then bisque fired, circa 1,000 degreesC. Painted 3x glazes – Satin Black, Copper Red and Chun. Finally, Petra Svoboda, COFA ceramics, reduction fired the work in a gas kiln for 10 hours, circa 1280 degreesC. Big thanks to COFA ceramic lecturers, Jacqueline Clayton and Julie Bartholomew, for advice and help on how to realise the work.
Posted in Abandon, Absurd, Ceramic, Fracture, Landscape, mapism, Place, Shadows, Surreal
Tagged bodded, ceramics, claypan, Simpson Desert, stuck, tread, wheel
The video explores internal compass, beliefs, mis-beliefs and the desires for new horizons. Inspired by the Gibson Desert and Alfred Gibson who, in 1874, lusted after Ernest Giles’s compass, even though he did not know how to use it. The video opens with a red compass resting on a slatted wooden table. A figure enters, picks up the two objects, and walks across the claypan, shrinking towards the vanishing point on the horizon line. https://vimeo.com/45287392
Alasdair Macfarlane and I took 11 days to winch and pull ourselves through the muddy claypans of the Simpson Desert to Birdsville. Gibson disappeared in 1874 when he went searching for water with Giles’s compass. His body was never found, despite days of searching and the Gibson Desert is named in his memory.
Exhibitions: Blake Prize 2012 Director’s Cut Exhibition http://www.blakeprize.com/galleries/directors-cut?yr=2012&page=3; Desert Equinox Festival, Night-Sun-Days screening, Broken Hill, 1-23 September, 2012; Half a Desk exhibition, Kudos Gallery, Paddington, 15-18 August, 2012.
May 6: Postcard: Michaelangelo’s Cave: Sculptor Lea Ferris sent me a postcard of the quarry in the Apuan Alps near Pietrasanta, Tuscany, Italy, where the marble for Michaelangelo’s David 1501-04 and other white marble sculptures was mined. I love the steep slopes, texture and zig-zag road… and memory of place
May 6: POSTCARD: Michaleangelo’s Cave after digging in Photoshop > Filters > Stylise > Find Edges
Posted in Abandon, Absurd, cubism, Firenze, mapism, Perspective, Place, Sculpture, Shadows
Tagged "Apuan Alps", "Michaelangelo's Cave", "zigzag road" zigzag, marble, Pietrasanta, sketch, Tuscany
Video still from my Ground Series in Europe. Copenhagen at midnight is dark, chilly and icy. The perspective lines lead the viewer into the void