Saturday 4 to Sunday 19 March
Opening Friday 3 March 6-8pm
Departing colours: Eastern Curlew
Image: Barbara Campbell, Soft part colours: Eastern Curlew bill series, flock 4, 2015, watercolour on Canson paper on wood stretcher frame, each 30.5 x 10.2 x 3.8 cm. Photo: Barbara Campbell.
Campbell’s 2015 watercolour series, Soft part colours, extracts and abstracts the colours of Eastern Curlew bills (one of the bird’s so-called “soft parts”), as described verbally by shorebird citizen-scientists working in the field. The series was first shown in the Macleay Museum, lying down horizontally in cabinets with study specimens of Eastern Curlew skins from the museum collection. For ArticulateUpstairs, the works are hung vertically in flocks of six. The Eastern Curlew species is feeling the effects of rapid anthropocentric development and in 2015 was listed as “critically endangered”.
Saturday 25 March to Sunday 9 April
Opening Friday 24 March 6-8pm
Bridging themes of shifting boundaries and borders with theories of space-time, this collaborative project between Nicola McClelland (visual artist/curator of the exhibition), Carl Daamen (physicist) and Reuben Daamen (composer/musician) draws on their bilateral and trilateral conversations.
The trigger for this project was Carl’s scientific reading of Nicola’s work and processes. He interpreted her processes, concepts and materials, initially reversing the model of the artist interpreting science or acting as a science messenger to the public. These interpretations led to dialogues with points of meeting/difference and, sometimes, chasms. They were documented through audio recordings and mind maps, then edited and channeled.
Reuben’s sound piece translates not only specific conversations across the disciplines, but sounds generated from Nicola’s art making processes in her studio. The piece was influenced by perspective images and photographs of the ArticulateUpstairs site.
The distilled myriad findings are integrated in the photography, sculpture and sound installation, Elastic Certainties.