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.
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
Rainbow Serpent Festival 2014 proved once again why it is hands down the most epic Doof in Australia. I consider the approach and planning of the festival on a whole as one gigantic artwork with each element and team involved contributing to a larger masterpiece. I am so goddamn proud that this year myself, Mark Swartz (markswartz.com), Isaac Gallagher, David Tracey, Owen Brasier and a crew of heroes came together to bring a stunning installation to the festival and the response has been overwhelming. Funded with the Rainbow Serpent Community Arts Grant, months of planning went into this project and we have all left it feeling extremely happy with the result. Aesthetically the temple sat within the festival landscape so perfectly that I couldn’t have hoped for a better outcome.
Constructed of 38 interlocking hexagons and 27 half hexagons, each hexagon was cut into 16ml ply and then framed with 3’1 or 6’1 timber to create a tessellating open top pyramid. Pre fabricated and stackable, the temple was loaded onto the back of a ute and trailer then transported 12 hours from inner Sydney city to the festival site of Lexton, 2 hours outside of Melbourne city on private bushland. Dave Tracey created the initial 3D model and worked out all the tricky design and math problems. Interior science themed decor panels where created by visual artists Marcelle Robbins, Lillian Morrissey and yours truly. Programmable LED’s outlined six hexagons to create mesmerising animated sequences in the evening. During the festival Owen Brasier, a science educator (and master of LEDs) hosted a small activities program consisting of simple science experiments including DNA extraction and chemical reactions to the delight and awe of festival participants.
In the end the achievement of this project relied heavily on the close knit alternative art community centered around the inner Sydney suburb of Marrickville (loosely referred to as MWA or the Marrickville Warehouse Alliance). The hexagons where built over two weeks of measuring, cutting, filling, sanding and painting by a small army of great friends who worked for the price of love and beer. Without the support network of people with creative attitudes a work of this scale could not have been achieved on a small budget.
Temple of Science, Rainbow Serpent Festival 2014 Image: Tinny Tang Photography
Gorgeous way to celebrate the new year by spending time in the Hunter Valley at the sustainable arts and camping festival LOCO! This is the site specific installation I created for the festival titled ‘Warped Geometry’. Taking cue from the topographic paintings I have been working on, I tried to bring those forms into 3 dimensional space in a way which sat within the bush and didn’t compete against it. Warped Geometry
Japanese artist Yasuaki Onishi has created this fragile installation series titled ‘Reverse of Volume’ by developing a technique using (from what I can tell) hot glue and thin sheets of plastic. http://www.onys.net/