As part of the stage decor for the Paradise Club stage at Lost Paradise Festival, I designed and installed a reclaimed wood vortex installation. Keeping with the aesthetic of the reclaimed wood stage design by Architects of Entertainment and inspired by the Inversion artwork by Dan Havel and Dean Ruck, I designed a reclaimed wood vortex to sit within the bush setting of Paradise Club stage which could be climbed into. Thank you to James Betts as head builder and carpenter Jonothan Gaida. Massive thank you to Architects of Entertainment, Milkcrate Events and Lost Paradise Festival.
Zoolu Stage at Psyfari Festival 2016. Collaboration with Milkcrate Events, Grounded Sound and Psyfari Festival.
Sarah Betts from Milkcrate had the creative vision and direction to dress the Zoolu stage with lycra, Ben from Psyfari designed the steel structure, Tim from Grounded installed the structure and was our head rigger. Jess Pickford, Myself and Sarah Betts designed and installed the lycra canopy. Francine, Emma, Jess and myself created the woven string stage.
Once again I am lucky to have the support of Rainbow Serpent Festival behind one my works. Very happy with the final form of the vortex and it sat in the amphitheater, beautifully working with the colour palette of the main stage shade sail.
I was very lucky to crew with the Reno based Burning Man collaborative installation art collective Pier Group at Strawberry Fields Festival 2015. Known for their iconic installations Embrace and the Pier at Black Rock City, this work was their first away from home and what an absolute pleasure to spend a week camped on the Murray River making art with them.
Here are the Chroma Vortex Tunnels I installed for the Acacia stage at Regrowth Festival 2015. This is the first time I have worked with fabric and I am extremely happy with the elegance of the final form and feel that it is conceptually strong with a huge visual impact. My aim was to bring the stepped colour gradient aesthetic from my painting practice into a 3 dimensional space and use the space around the stage as an aerial canvas. Lycra and rope is a cheap and weather resistant way to make things big! I can’t wait to get working on pushing this medium and forms further.
Big big LOVE to Grounded Sound, Milkcrate Events and the Marrickville Warehouse Alliance for pulling together an absolutely stunning stage with every element killing it. Massive thank you to everyone involved with Regrowth Festival which inspires me to be a better person.
Chroma Vortex Tunnels
Lycra, Rope, Dimensions Variable
Acacia Stage, Regrowth Festival, Majors Creek , 2015
I’m currently in San Cristobal de las casas Mexico, beautiful city which draws parallels to Cusco Peru.
Yesterday there where nationwide protests in Mexico over the deaths and disappearance of over 40 Ayotzinapa students in the southern town of Iguala after they clashed with the local police. Six students where shot dead during the protest and there is speculation that the remaining students have been massacred in secret by the local police. In San Cristobal the city centre was packed with a large turn out in solidarity.
Working from an exposed studio on the rooftop of a Berkeley warehouse complex, I spent a couple of weeks hanging out with the excellent people from Sacred Spaces Village and made them an original painting for their camp at Burning Man 2014. Conceived as a sacred geometry dancefloor, the project went from an unrealistic oversized work of epic proportion to a more achievable scale as the backdrop for the Sacred Spaces stage. My design concept was to create a Metatron’s Cube as the astral projection of Buddhas third eye connecting with an overlay of the sacred proportions of Buddhas face. The exposed studio environment posed a challenge when it rained one evening and destroyed several days work. As the story goes the stage ended up being too small for the painting so someone decided to hang it from a school bus.. which is fitting because as they say, Burning Man is a place where plans go to die and immediacy and impermanence rule.