‘What Lies Beneath’+’Your Beautiful Face’

Some time ago I was invited to create a work for a seminal art exhibition here in Adelaide by the name of ‘The Tunnels’.  Run by local new kids on the block Artsake Productions, ‘The Tunnels’ used the unique and amazing location of a part of a network of sandstone tunnels underneath the city  built in the 1850’s.

It is no secret that there is a network of these corridors running beneath our feet, but on the whole it is dangerous, locked up, and generally difficult to gain access to. Some how though, these five lovely women managed to convince the Adina Grand Hotel on Victoria Square to let them play down there. And so it was born, a huge art explosion featuring two separate visual art shows, over 60 artists, live music, projection art, live theater, and generally lots of cool things all at once, including a deep set bar that required you to kneel at like a confessional booth, and whisper your secret desire for a drink or two. Running from April 19th to May 2nd, this was Artsake’s first shot at creating large scale immersive arts events.

To be honest, I did not attend the first week of the show, being preoccupied with Tetratologists Inc etc, but the second opening night I did attend as I had work in that round of the exhibition.
The vibe of the place was amazing, old beautifully coloured rough sandstone walls encasing pine boning to suspend artworks created by local design team ‘Fascination Street’ to preserve the  delicate heritage-listed walls.  There were many amazing artists, including some from the ‘Feathers’ show such as Steph Fuller and Fruszi Kenez. Probably my favourite were artist team Naomi Lam/Dylan Crismani presenting ‘Stereo Lamp’, a sound installation made with plaster and wires and speakers that would pop up around corners and on benches in the space sighing breathy electronic tunes, one of these shells having just so happened to be placed under my work.

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My work for the show was a labour of love indeed. Titles ‘What Lies Beneath’ it was the culmination of three weeks worth of work gathering branches, paper-macheing them, spray painting, and finally wireworking odds and ends and beads and bobs into delicate strands that dripped down from a lamp in the center of the sculpture.

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“Under the earth, secrets gather.
Small things; white lies, lost wishes, cheap coins and abandoned buttons. Misplaced in the grass, fallen down drains, or dropped from pockets, these symbols of sentiments gather huddling underground. Feeding off each other they grow, creating roots and ties. Connections made, cells exchanged, they slowly become one being; a multi-memoried treasure hoarded beneath the dirt.”

The process was quite lengthy, but the end result looked fantastic, and is probably one of my best 3d works to date.

It is in a private collection now (all that work paid off, yes!), but thanks to my shiny new camera, the photos almost do it justice.

Speaking of which (nice segway)… you may also remember my photographic side project ‘Your Beautiful Face’ on tumblr.

Well, it had a whole series of new photographs posted up from events such as holidays, the Reading Room closing party, my involvement with the  ‘The Tunnels’, and some other bits and pieces.
If you’re a tumblr fan, or your just curious to see what I’ve been up to, check it out!

http://thybeauteousface.tumblr.com/

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Every Death is a Rebirth

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On the Tenth of May, 2013, my favourite art gallery, music venue, theater space, book-club room, games hall, and all round awesome hangout-spot the reading room closed its doors for the last time in its current form.

Joining such cultural luminaries as Format, Higher Ground, and Tuxedo Cat in the great (temporary) ARI in the sky, this is the seventh such arts venue to close its doors in a matter of months, leaving another gaping hole in the cultural tapestry that our City Council keeps insisting is ‘vibrant’ and ‘exciting’ (while simultaneously shipping in cultural entrepreneurs from Melbourne to ‘start-up’ ‘co-working initiatives’ in our CBD. Pretty sure that’s what we’ve been doing the whole time with less buzz words, but it doesn’t look good in their end of year action reports when the populace are forced to get up and do it themselves).

ReNew Adelaide, the organisation that has been sponsoring us through the nearly three years of our tenancy at 153 Hindley Street, state that they are in the process of finding us a new space as soon as one suitable is found, so the reading room will be back at some point! We don’t know how long it will be before we can re-establish, and we don’t know when, but the spirit of our 30+ volunteers and 100s of artists and performers will not be so easily quenched. We are merely biding our time.

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The main issue is that, although there are literally HUNDREDS of empty buildings in the the Adelaide CBD, not many of them are compliant for a thing called a 9B.  There is a system of classification for every business run out of every building in every street world wide. At the moment we are ‘trading’ (ha!) under a Class 6, which is a retail license. For those who have been to the reading room you would know that we trade rarely, if at all, and generally only when we have a donations bar open at events to raise money to pay insurance and electricity bills and selfish things like that.
What we are looking for in the new space is a classification called a 9B, which means that we would be allowed to hold more events more often without getting in trouble from the Council itself. To do these things, we need a building that complies with this license, and there are not many around, as explained by Ianto Ware, founder of Format and ReNew Adelaide in this blog post.

So, long story short, it will be a while till we can get everything organised and ready to go. If your keen on updates, join our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, or send us an email at readingroom_adelaide@gmail.com and join the mailing list.

Untill then, pictures from the EPIC goodbye party can be found here and here

Till we meet again!

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