The Survey Show II

Some might think twice about holding an art exhibition in a forest in the middle of Winter but not us at Clandulla State Gallery… and neither did the over 30 artists who showed up to install work for the two hour exhibition.  Some artists traveled hundreds of kilometers and camped out in the forest when they got there.  No one was discouraged by the forecast for rain that, in the middle of a drought, landed precisely on our event.  You can’t complain about the rain, not in farming country, so we muddled on.  Luckily for us, the rain was light and fell mostly to the morning before we really got to work installing.  It sorted out the problem of dust from the unpaved roads, and gave the forest a fresh density.

Now to the art!

Juilee Pryor EntTent (intent/exchange) With only a slight hint of sibilance to signal their song, the trees of Clan Dulla gathered, legion and strong, to meet with the Child they found in their midst, bringing a book from out of the mists…

Kim Goldsmith & Kelly Leonard Bee Box Sound a gentle work, inviting you to lean in to hear the heartbeat of the loom and the industrious hum of bees caught in their handwoven cells.

Thomas C Chung You Said You Would Take Care of Me…. The country we now call Australia has historically been a place of many conflicts. As we progress towards more acceptance, it seems fitting that we turn our heads to remind ourselves of where we have come from.

Sydney Art Exchange (Elke Wohlfahrt, Corinne Brittain, Eleanor Er, Kerry MacAulay, Anya Pesce) Clandulla Construct an organic public art piece composed of a series of modular objects using twigs collected from Clandulla State Forest and recycled, hand-made paper from a recent exhibition,

Christine McMillan Record This work is a line of white paper. It forms a transect, a straight line along which observations are made or measurements taken.

Miriam Salomon Who? and For How Long? A small city of tin and plastic has sprung up in the forest, prompting the questions: ‘who lives there?’ and ‘how long will they stay?’

Alison Clouston & Boyd, with Annemaree Dalziel and Friends NatureLovers: Clandulla Camp Remembering the bushwalker conservationists, we walk we tramp we dream, mapping a way to belong, moral compass set.

Mr & Mrs Brown Chrysalis A Lo Fi “Black Mirror” musing on the balance of the ecology, the potential necessity to synthesize the organic in order to fill the roles in the ecosystem from the results of critical function species extinction.

Philip Cleary and Kararaina Smith Placing the Displaced There is nothing stranger in a strange land than the Stranger who comes to visit

Julie Briggs Shelter (Inadequate) Shelter (Inadequate) is a response to the inadequate response to global warming by those who hold power and the flimsily constructed arguments from vested interests.

Kelly Leonard Shelter (Cry Me A River) A shelter woven by Kelly Leonard in response to the politics of water hi-jacking for cotton irrigation

Margaret Roberts Sophie’s Costumes The costume Sophie Taeuber is photographed wearing in Ascona in 1925. To be hung on trees or worn by members of the audience

Shannon Pennell Nest II Woven from an exploration into organic abstraction and the natural world, “Nest II” is a reflection of one artist’s idea of ‘home’ and ‘growth’ in a childhood of travel.

Georgina Pollard Mother Cake Mistletoe is a site of intensity within a complex ecological and biological flow. Almost the opposite of a bottleneck – in that rather than constricting a flow, mistletoe intensifies nutrients, water availability and shelter for native animals.

Gus Armstrong, Sean Lea and Connor MacNamara. Pyrotechnica An improvised fire powered musical performance that invites viewers into an immersive and tactile experience.

The Tree Shriners (Gabrielle Bates, Eirini Fokas and Kandos/Clandulla community) Tree Shrine Near the entrance to the Clandulla State Forest trail, the tree shrine marks a threshold zone to multiple possibilities, realities and dimensions.

Sean O’Keeffe Synsymmetry A temporary site-specific sculpture that engages with micro and macro aspects of the landscape.

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Sean O’Keeffe Synsymmetry A temporary site-specific sculpture that engages with micro and macro aspects of the landscape.

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Michael Petchkovsky Casted Light A network of flickering artificial lights accentuate motion and stillness on a section of the forest path at night.

Leo Cremonese Shifted Perception (Earth and Air) Please lie on your back, head to the burnt hollow, cover yourself with the blanket and give in to the sensation.

Sue Callanan Dressed to Kill This oddly disposed tree in protective covering acknowledges the critical importance of our forests and the need to protect them at a time when land clearing continues unabated.

Fleur MacDonald The Fallen Stitch (embroidered forest) 1000 painted and embroidered leaves.

Sarah Breen Lovett Earth air myself Covering tree and body with mud and fabric, this is a durational installation to awaken connection to self and forest.

Linelle Stepto Duty Free Ah Nature! A mediated, sanitized, consumable, & commodified experience.

Julie Briggs & Kelly Leonard Slow Book Elemental A confusion of responses to the Australian bushland and its tenuous hold on its natural state

Dr Greg Pritchard & Kelly Leonard Slow Book Haiku A handwoven and hand-stitched book developed through actions in the environment

Dr Greg Pritchard & Kelly Leonard Slow Book Birds A handwoven and hand-stitched book designed for birds

Janet Meaney Intersections A performance that demonstrates the inter- connectedness of all things in, on, above and below the earth – All things that are part of an eco – system, including humanity.

Janet Meaney Intersections A performance that demonstrates the inter- connectedness of all things in, on, above and below the earth – All things that are part of an eco – system, including humanity.

Margaret Roberts Sophie’s Costumes The costume Sophie Taeuber is photographed wearing in Ascona in 1925. To be hung on trees or worn by members of the audience

Leo Cremonese Death This stump is a physical personification of death on an earthly plane.

. Louise Donnelly (Wandering Minstrel) So Below, as Above A mandala created from natural and organic forest materials will be activated by the vibrations of voice and flute tones, poetry in motion.

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and good evening Clandulla State Gallery, thank you for the brilliant afternoon… until next time

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