Sunday, 6 December 2015

West Java, Indonesia 2015.

'Birth from destruction, death by construction'.

The sculpture is a large observation tower constructed from materials that once formed the houses of 36 now displaced families. The displacement is due to the local Government (Bandung, West Java) approval of the demolition of resident homes for a redevelopment project. I have worked in collaboration with the affected community to construct a symbol of power, oppression and its structural fragility. To be sure, the Tower will eventually fall.

Constructed with the support of Gallery Soemadja, Bandung Institue of Technology and the Baur Project.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Arts Project Australia - Curator: Dr Vincent Alessi

It takes more than 140 characters to write a novel

17 October 2015 - 21 November 2015
Venue: Arts Project Australia Gallery
Opening: 17 October 2015, from 3-5pm
Steady State Expiration (2015) charcoal on paper 120 x 70 cm
Steady State Expiration (2015) charcoal on paper 120 x 70 cm
This exhibition explores the use of digital technologies and the photographic image in the creation of paintings, drawings and ceramic objects. It posits that artists who use technology as the basis of their art making are extending the experience of the “digital eye” so as to reclaim an analogue familiarity. It will present works by artists who create directly from digitally-mediated and photographic images, arguing that the physical act of painting, drawing and object making, and the presence of the artist’s hand brings us closer to the physical world which we inhabit.

Curated by Dr Vincent Alessi, Senior Lecturer, Creative Arts, La Trobe University.

Featuring works by Alvaro Alvarez, Justin Andrews, Peter Ben, Erica Berechree, Alan Constable, Chris O’Brien, Simon Finn and Darren Wardle.

2015 Banyule Award Works on Paper

Space surrounds us; we are in space, as space is in us.
Space is private and public, it is emotional and psychological, and it can be transformed, stimulated and activated, or neutralized and void.
Space is subjective; it is social, cultural, and psychological.

judging conducted by:
Linda Michael - Deputy Director and Senior Curator at Heide Museum of Modern Art
Dr. Isobel Crombie - Assistant Director, Curatorial and Collection Management at NGV
Greg Creek - Artist, Senior Lecturer and MFA Program Coordinator at RMIT

Tuesday, 11 August 2015


'The CreatorsProject interview
Can you tell us about the process of creating your charcoal drawings? (e.g. using digital modelling to create prototypes…)

No problem, my latest body of work began as a simulation of a non-existent surveillance structure. The structure is loosely based on a variety of observation towers (Panopticon’s, fire lookout’s and tsunami observation towers) that were in a position of possible destruction. I began by visualising this devastated structure using a variety of 3D software’s, usually reserved for special effects for Films or other forms of Interactive entertainment. From here I have rendered the digital images from the screen using my hand, charcoal and paper.

While some artists might start with a pen and paper sketch and then translate this onto the screen, you tend to do things the other way round. Why do you choose this method?

I really like to idea of subversion, and in the case of my art practice I have enjoyed subverting the role of computer graphics to act as an initial sketch, or a place for conjuring, rather than a place reserved for refined final product. Translating these images into charcoal drawing allows me intimate contact and control over the final output and revel in the inadequacies of the human touch. In short it’s a kind of ‘Stone age approach in a meeting with technological innovation’.

How do you use 3D printing and other technologies?

I use the technologies primarily as tool for realising my ideas. I have been using these technologies for nearly twenty years now, so they are ingrained in my creative process.

You’re also a deep sea diver. Does this hobby have any influence on your art practice?

I do think that our experiences ultimately affect who we are and what we make, and as an artist mine have inadvertently affected me without a doubt. I do spend a ridiculous amount of time in the ocean, surfing, diving, and generally farting around. This obsession has taken me to Mexico, Indonesia, Hawaii, Fiji, Philippines, California and a huge amount of the Australian coast. This addiction is a muse, especially its abundant force above and feeling of gravity below.

What about special effects, do they come into play in your work?

The special effect technologies allow me to collapse, smash, break, and rupture at a fraction of the cost. Computer Graphics allows so many wonderful freedoms for me to play, not unlike building a sand castle and stomping it – which we all know is the best part. I am going back to Indonesia in a few months to build the observation tower ‘life size’ on the coastline where the tsunamis have made themselves known.

What interests you about scenes of destruction?

I find the duality in interpreting ‘destruction’ quietly amusing. What I mean by this is; on one hand it could be seen as metaphor for the ending of an old system, and in the other hand, an example of the exciting possibilities of new beginnings.

Is your view on technology ultimately optimistic or pessimistic?

I am leaning toward the pessimistic side, in relation to the long-term consequences of technology on culture, especially in terms of media control, politics and the rampant narcissism in social media. I am optimistic however, that with a controlled and measured investment, technology can continue to be a servant to us, so long as we heed the advice of the many great science fiction writers and avoid the machine rising above us.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Sunday, 5 July 2015

'Foresight' exhibtion of new works (2015)

'Foresight' is an exhibition of new drawings, animation and sculpture.
Opening Celebration: July 25th - Fehily Contemporary (Melbourne) The exhibition runs until 15th August.

'Steady State Disruption' - Charcoal on paper, 200 X 100cm (2015).

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Keith and Elizabeth Murdoch Scholarship 2015

Finalist. Margaret Lawrence Gallery (Victorian College of the Arts).

Hazelhurst Art On Paper Award

30 May 2015 - 26 Jul 2015

Synthetica Panel Discussion | The Future is Now: The Role of Art and Technology


Dr Andi Horvarth (University of Melbourne), Dr Cameron Rose (Monash University) and SYNTHETICA artist Simon Finn for a discussion on the impact and interplay of art and technology on our lives and the world around us and its possible trajectory.

Moreland City Council Gallery


Work in progress for August exhibition at Fehily Contemporary.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Kauai Civil Defense Agency Presentation

April 2015:
It was great to meet with Elton Ushio, (Civil Defense Manager) and the generous people at the KCDA - Hawaii.

Kauai: Hanalei Bay.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

ABC Interview

An interview to support 'synthetica' at Wangaratta Art Gallery exhibtion and floor talk.

Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre

It has been a wonderful opportunity to have the support and guidance from the insightful staff at the JATWC. The generous information they provide our region is humbling.

 February 2015.