Yesterday Carolyn Cardinet and I started our 2 month long Yarra Sculpture Gallery Residency and began working on our collaborative project ‘Silent Witness’.
I am creating a video projection work and would love your help if you have some time to volunteer. The above image if a mock-up of the Reflection Pool I’m creating and I’m looking for volunteers of all ages, genders and nationalities to take part. It would mean a visit to the Gallery in Collingwood and filming takes between 15 and 30 minutes. People with a performance or Butoh background brilliant but no experience necessary just a willingness to have fun, make faces and follow direction.
Bring your skates (great floor) and share a cuppa.
On July 1st Carolyn Cardinet and I will begin a 2-month winter residency with the Yarra Sculpture Gallery in Collingwood, Melbourne to develop a new work ‘Silent Witness’.
It will culminate in an exhibition which hopefully people will be able to attend depending on Covid restrictions at the end of August. I will also be doing a call out for people to volunteer to be in a new video work (covid safety measures will be in place) ‘Reflection Pool’.
What a fantastic week working with Yandell Walton, the Centre for Projection Art and a group of inspiring and talented artists. I learnt so much and my brain melted a few times but feeling ready to play on my own and bring the new tools into my practice.
The amazing group of 10 Artists that I support through Arts Access have their first Gallery exhibition which opened on Sunday at Oakhill Gallery in Mornington and is open until Augist 28th
‘See Me’ comprises two bodies of work, both of which talk to ideas about seeing beyond the surface to what is precious and unique within all individuals.
The Collage Portraits of the artists really showcase their individual styles and personalities. The black and white photos which represent the external, superficial side have been uniquely collaged with colourful pictures of the artist’s work and images found by them to offer the viewer more about what lies beyond the surface.
The ‘Precious’s’ are intimate golden ceramic sculptures, each piece a one-off individual. You are invited to hold these gently in your hand and experience the beauty in the diversity of these small gems.
When discussing what this exhibition meant to the Artists, one started to talk about historic bullying and discrimination which many of the group echoed. Through this exhibition the Artists hope to open discussions about the value and importance of diversity in our community.
It has been a joy developing and curating this exhibition with them.
West Projections is an intimate place-based community projection festival. Exploring places big and small you can encounter projections in various settings from tiny boxes to shop front windows.
Projections can be viewed nightly from 6pm – 10pm.
A COLLABORATION BETWEEN CAROLYN CARDINET AND GABRIELLE LEAH NEW
Together, New and Cardinet channel their feelings of both impotence and hope through their artistic practices to creatively raise awareness of the plight of our coral reefs as sanctuaries and a home for the many species that inhabit them.
The artists see the planet as home to all species existing in a symbiotic relationship with nature. The bleaching of coral reefs will have devastating effects on the lives of many people who rely on the reefs for food, income, shelter and well-being. By 2100, most reef systems will die, unless carbon emissions are reduced.
Reefs, are the rainforests of the oceans, they provide habitat for a million species, including a fourth of the world’s fish. They protect coastlines against erosion from tropical storms and act as a barrier to sea-level rise. Many people will lose their lives and their homes if we continue to lose our reefs.
‘Bleached White’, is a collaboration between Gabrielle Leah New and Carolyn Cardinet and uses recycled plastic, sculptural costume, projection, video performance and Butoh Dance Theatre to investigate the idea that coral reefs are a sanctuary and home to a multitude of creatures. The artists acknowledge that the Earth is not only home to human beings but all species and that ecological change due to climate warming will inevitably affect our home, of which there is no planet B alternative.
Gabrielle will perform live on Saturday the 17th of August.
This work was performed at Testing Grounds after 9 hours of workshopping with 7 older women mostly with little performance experience but who all had great stories and willingness to push boundaries, experiement and share experiences which I wove together for this initial exploration showing.
Thanks to Testing Grounds, Keelan O’Hehir the photographer and all the amazing Crones: Stephenie, Jude, Karen, Andrea, Rebecca, Ester and Dorothy.