Charles Sturt University (CSU) approached me to consult on their new exhibition space in the refurbed main building at the Dubbo campus. We discussed some call-out strategies and exhibition documents. Bart Sykes from the Dubbo campus wanted me to exhibit first up, but I wasn't able to accomodate his dates. I suggested Mal Morris who I new was working on some cultural material we had developed in community workshops called "Carved-Up".
So we had some meeting, calls and discussions and Mal has developed this splendid body of work. It marks a maturation of Mal's investigations into cultural carving, and is a fantastic first exhibition for the new CSU community exhibition space.
Where: CSU- 8 Tony McGrane Place Dubbo
When: Opening reception 2pm Saturday 1st July
View: 26th June – 25th August 2017
Mal Morris with his new body of work. Photo jack Randell
A new process developed at my 2016 Kandos Projects residency for Cementa17. This is ambient rather than narrative video- the last work for screen was a 57 minute loop- not meant to be seen from beginning to end, but dropped in on, and taken away as an after image, or an after-affect. The new stuff is shot in the round, from which stills are extracted every second frame. The stills bundle is script-processed and re-introduced as animation. The exciting thing about this treatment is that it expands to painting and drawing as well, so that the subject matter is explored from multiple material perspectives, before, during and after the video shoot.
This painting is associated with the Cementa17 video Must Go to Kandos https://youtu.be/cZ60oHHOGdM
Ponto from Bridge- Furtive Portrait 2017 acrylic, conte, ink on paper on board. 17.5x29cm
Live local art experience to be unleashed in The Yard
Art, music and video are set to collide on Saturday March 25 at The Yard, Old Dubbo Gaol with local musicians and filmmakers coming together to create a live art experience.
Projections featuring visual media created by Jack Randell and Peter Aland will adorn the walls accompanying the sounds of live music written and created in Dubbo - performed by Brandon Troutman, and local bands One Proud Monkey and Civil Hands.
The experience is centered around the release of Civil Hands debut album “Leave It All Behind” which has been receiving airtime on DCFM 88.9 - but is a celebration of homegrown media.
"...an experience of combined vision and sound that showcases the art we create in here Dubbo, set against the stunning backdrop of The Yard at the Old Dubbo Gaol,” says event organiser, Fred Randell.
Special musical guests will be featured throughout the night, including Justine Kuhner, Tas, Clinton Hoy, world percussion group, and a number of curated short film pieces will be projected between acts.
The event runs from 7-10pm, 25 March. Tickets are on sale now through 123 Tix for $10. The first 100 purchased will also receive a copy of the Civil Hands album, “Leave It All Behind”.
Griffith Regional GalleryRead More
FishdogJack has curated an exhibition about health recovery processes based on the principles of mind mapping. 30 January - 24 April. Western Plains Cultural Centre.
Jack is also creating a new video/painting titled "Normal is a cycle on a washing machine" for this exhibition, with the assistance of videographer Peter Aland.
I am deeply grateful to the team I work with including Toni Grant, Tim Manning, Tim Carr, Karen Romalis and Karen Hagen. The project could not have happened without the support of the Rotary Club of South Dubbo, NEAMI National and Western Plains Cultural Centre.Read More
Had a marvellous time on this residential experience. Remote flat rangelands 2.5 hours west of Forbes Thanks to my artist companions Jo, Mel, Gabriella, Rob, Derek, Chris and Kerrie and Allan from National Parks -one of the sponsors. Exhibition touring next year.
A new public artwork will be launched on a prime Dubbo City street-scape in August, 2015.
As you approach the mural, a hidden motion-detecting device will activate a raucous soundscape at certain points along the 45-metre façade.
The 45 metre long creation will energise the street front on the building site adjacent the Milestone at 199 Macquarie Street, Dubbo.
Bruegel meets Mondrian, in a new FishdogJack collaboration.
As a framework for visual dialogue on the folly and faculty of collaboration, Jack will be seeking participants in re-imaging Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s “The Tower of Babel”, (Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam).
A synopsis is available by email through the Fishdog contact page.
Selected participants request a ‘tile’ by number from the grid image on the Fishdog collaborations page.
Method: A sepia line drawing is presented as a gridded map. From the map one portion of the grid is offered to participants for re-imaging.
Selected ‘tiles’ may be rendered in collage, wash, pencil, digital or Mondrian’s palette - all media are possible. On return the 'tiles' are re-composited, photographed and returned to the participant as a high resolution file for their own use, or re-use.
Each ‘tile’ is re-positioned to its place on the map and published on Fishdog as the portions are completed.
Participation in Jack Randell’s collaborative artwork is free, and is invited under the Share Alike terms of Creative Commons- CC by SA 4.0– http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/legalcode
Short doco directed by FishdogJack for ABC Open. https://open.abc.net.au/explore/96364
Mark is a friend whose conversation I enjoy on a range of topics from physics to music. We are usually looking for underlying cultural and intellectual trends in the subjects we discuss.
I share his sensibilities to material and method and the pragmatic application of ideas in the real world.
Muchas gracias to Mark Nugent, Peter Aland- editor, Belinda Soole- video and stills and Wez Thompson- soundscape.
"Landscape (unknown)" 2013 acrylic on map on foam core 34x31cm
Selected for the Muswellbrook Art Prize 2015.
01 March - 19 April
Collaborative mural produced with Aboriginal trainees for NSW Department of Justice agency in Bourke
Bourke COS Mural 2014 acrylic on compressed cement sheet 100x300cm
Saturday 31 May and Sunday 1 June
Pier 2/3 Walsh Bay
I will be joining a bunch of beamer (projection) artists to screen "Oh, the River People" and other video/online works at this gig.
Carved Up- by Design is a series of workshops aimed at exploring identity and tradition through design.
The results were exhibited at the Fire Station Arts Centre Gallery, Dubbo from 1-16 May 2014.
A paper on the project is available by request.
Details are available by sending an enquiry through the Fishdog Contact page.
The next workshops- digital, painting and carving- are set for August-October in 2014. The exhibition and workshops are partnered with Orana Arts Inc and funded by the Indigenous Culture Support Program of the Ministry for the Arts, Attorney-General’s Department.
Exhibited at the Minokamo Culture Forest Museum, Gifu Prefecture, Japan from February 14, 2014.
Ōta-juku (after Hiroshige) is a collaborative artwork in 35 parts. Jack brushed a line image of the Ando Hiroshige print Ōta-juku from the Kisokaido series. The line image was then cut into 35 separate “tiles”.
18 artists from the sister cities of Minokamo in Japan, and 17 artists from Dubbo in Australia, were invited to re-imagine this famous Kiso River image. Each artist would bring courteous homage to the great Hiroshige in a spirit of creative cooperation and goodwill. Each “tile” is 14 x 15.5cm on 535gsm watercolour paper and has a portion of the brushed outline copied from Hiroshige’s original image.
The exhibition launch at Minokamo Culture Forest on 15 February 2014 was a great success, with around 150 visitors, including Mayor Hiroto Fujii and Minokamo City officials attending. Jack also conducted a calligraphy demonstration where he brushed Japanese names in English script as individual gifts to Minokamo citizens.