6th September Artist Talk
GREG STONEHOUSE & SHANE FAHEY
TITLE: THE PULSE OF A QUIET TRACK
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park has highlighted the design process, in the practice
of both Art & Science as being one of balancing constraints. In searching for a meaningful direction or a way into understanding non-human, ‘natural’ environments, the scientific and artistic processes are both informed by direct experiential contact with the environment ‘at hand’. When the connection is reinforced in an open and mindfully present manner there is no need to devise any upfront, circumscribed outcome.
Greg Stonehouse‘s art practice has shifted from ephemeral installations to objects, from the studio to permanent public art projects, from the small to the immersive and from the abstract to the figurative. He has no signature. The choice of medium only depends upon what he is saying.
For Shane Fahey, listening, for its own sake, to his immediate environment, holds the same appeal and contains the same transforming quality that the stillness of conscious breath has for a mindful person in contemplation. It has been a challenge to achieve this awareness in the face of the ‘emotion-invested’ goal driven enterprises of the performance and recording arts.
2nd August Artist Talk
MIKA UTZON POPOV & SUZANNE SCHIBECI
The Australian flora has adapted its life-cycle to the powerful presence of fire. Banksia presents us with an example of the visual and symbolic journey of this relationship: these species not only survive, but are often dependent on the process.
We will focus on the symbolism of destruction, rebirth and longevity. While fire is frightening and destructive, we wish to foster the understanding of its necessity in the survival of the landscape.
Mika was born in Denmark in 1971 and has lived most of his adult life between Denmark, Mallorca and Sydney. He graduated from the National Art School in 1996, with solo exhibitions in Denmark, Spain, Scotland, England and Australia. Mika continues to work with nature as his source of inspiration and guidance.
Suzanne is currently a Lecturer at UNSW, teaching various courses in Science. Her research interests include looking at natural recruitment in Banksia, including pollination, seed set and seedling establishment in natural populations in the Sydney area.
About Ku-ring-gai pH Project
Project partners Eramboo Artist Environment, National Parks & Wildlife Service and Manly Art Gallery & Museum are delighted to announce the artists and scientists involved in the ground-breaking Ku-ring-gai pH: art + science project.
Curators Susan Milne (Eramboo) and Katherine Roberts (MAG&M) were delighted by the responses to the concept of this project and the high level of conceptual engagement with the ideas and possibilities it presents. The level of interest in participating in Ku-ring-gai pH was a testament to the level of connection felt to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and the theme of art and science which so clearly resonates within our community.
A wide range of areas of scientific study will be represented in the project and the outcomes with collaborating artists will include installation, film, drawing, painting, sound and sculpture.
As Australia’s second-oldest national park, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park (KCNP) is heritage-listed and combines important history with diverse, natural beauty. Winding creeks and stretches of ocean meet rainforest and eucalypts, rocky cliffs and mangroves, and significant Aboriginal sites. Ku-ring-gai pH is a major collaborative project that will result in experimental installations at Eramboo in April 2016, and culminate in a major exhibition at Manly Art Gallery & Museum in December 2016. Access to Eramboo’s studio space and grounds will be available for the development of works. Artist and professional fees will be offered. Curated by Katherine Roberts, Manly Art Gallery & Museum and Susan Milne, Eramboo Artist Environment.
The Collaborative Groups
First Collaboration Session on 31st October 2015
It was great to see how the artists and scientists are getting to know each other on this first collaboration day.
PROJECT VISION & VALUES
- Celebrate the unique natural environment, cultural heritage and scientific values of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park (KCNP).
- Provide an opportunity for artists and scientists to collaborate creatively through an innovative cultural project.
- Raise awareness of the KCNP and surrounding environs for future protection and utilisation.
- Provide a platform for relationship building through the Arts and Environment.
- Create a regional partnership between the National Parks & Wildlife Service NSW, Eramboo Artist Environment and Manly Art Gallery & Museum.
Ku-ring-gai pH on Instagram
Follow all 10 projects through Instagram, the artists and scientist will post images and short videos on the process of their project.
(image feed gets updated every 24 hours)