Curated by Penelope Hunt and part of CLIMARTE’s ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 festival, The world around us literally refers to a five-block radius around the Arts Project Australia studio. Each week as the seasons changed and the weather altered, so changed the landscape and our perceptions of it. Through the process of walking the same paths over a year, Arts Project studio artists will present work that focuses on and truly examines the fluctuations of their local environment, articulating their interests and concerns.
The world around us charts the process of walking the same paths surrounding the Merri Creek with cameras in hand for over a year. Arts Project artists working digitally will present images that focus on and truly examine the fluctuations in their local environment.
While photographic works by Will Murray and Georgia Szmerling powerfully highlight the environmental challenges faced by our local world, artist Eden Menta focuses on the minutia to explore the extraordinary macro world of insects. In addition, the work of Miles Howard Wilks captures the local Merri Creek, prompting a discussion on our changing landscape as it’s captured and experienced.
“This exhibition is the fruition of a year-long project in which Arts Project studio artists have been paying acute attention to the changes in their local environment, by regularly leaving the studio and documenting Merri Creek and its surrounds,” says curator Penelope Hunt. “Rather than focusing on the global, the artists are focusing on the local. It’s about engaging with our immediate environment at a small, local level, which can inspire at a larger scale.”
This exhibition coincides with Our Life, Our World, which explores environmental and social issues that we currently face in our local and global environments.
ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 is a socially-engaged festival of climate change related arts and ideas featuring curated exhibitions and theatre works alongside a series of keynote lectures, events and public forums featuring local and international guests.
Image: George Aristovoulou, Not titled, 2018, greylead pencil and pencil on paper, 28 x 38cm.