The 2012 Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival marked 100 years since the fire in the Mt Lyell mine killed more than 40 men. Most of the miners at the time lived in nearby Linda and Gormanston, so it was in the old Royal Hotel in Linda, built in 1910 and now a great grey ruin, that The Drink was installed. A dark pool covered the entire floor-space of the dining hall. Above the water were suspended 5 vertical steel rods, which intimated the rain that falls 300 days a year in the area, and also traced soft perceptual presences in an arc across the room. Where their reflection was caught in the water, they contributed to a greater feeling of depth.

Water, wood, rubble, pond liner. (Photos: 1&2, Laura Hindmarsh; 3 &4, Kim Eijdenberg)




Blue Book entry

The Blue Book was installed in the Plimsoll Gallery at the Tasmanian College of the Arts in February, 2012. It was a two-part trapezoid space that interpenetrated the lower and the taller parts of the gallery. The shape of the envelope amounted to a split false-perspective room, so the viewer was given to expect one kind of space but experience another as they moved through the gallery.

Wall structures, bamboo and steel sculptures. Dimensions variable. (Photos by Kevin Leong)

Blue Book horse detail

Blue Book view

Blue Book  detail

Grey Book1

In May 2009, The Grey Book occupied the main space of the old Inflight Gallery, an artist-run space in North Hobart.

Grey Book was an attempt to play the music of space. It was an installation-composition that, like some polytonal music (think Messiaen or late Scriabin), is a mode of pattern-making in which the organising principle is obscured, and the effect is a degree of uncertainty; things remain a little up-in-the-air.

Wood, steel, concrete. (Photos by Peter Whyte)

Grey Book2