As a whole the show will revolve around the landscape, the navigation of it and objects that transport or move us – cars / bikes / horses / planes etc – in both operational and obsolete or abandoned states. My previous work focused on abandoned/wrecked vehicular objects such as cars & trucks in negative space, with elements of the landscape starting to creep in as well.
In this body of work I am bringing the landscape in to more prominence and also have included figures or a life force – in some cases the works will include figures and their interaction within the landscape and with objects that are still operational rather than abandoned / derelict.
The thorough investigation of abandoned and empty spaces led me back to the human interaction with the environment or landscape via objects of movement such as cars and motorbikes. In a way I am capturing the moments before they become a forgotten memory or an abandoned machine. I do plan to juxtapose this imagery (ie. the pieces with life / movement) with elements of the abandoned objects, as in previous works.
The image base for this series is much broader and I am working with images from a range of time periods. As well as imagery I have taken myself, I have sourced some imagery from family photo albums, such as the motorbike pieces of my dad – and me as a kid.
So in this series I am taking imagery from different times and places to form more of a personal history or bio narrative, in a way mapping out a personal navigation of the world. Like the exploration of junkyards, by looking back at moments in time I am exploring memory and how place and time has shaped me.
Paul White June 2013
SO FAR IN 2013 Paul has been a…
- the Fleurieu Art Prize, SA | On exhibition 26 October – 25 November
- the Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Caloundra Regional Gallery, Caloundra, QLD | On exhibition 21 August – 13 October
- the Hazelhurst Art Award : Art on Paper, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Hazelhurst, Sydney
- the Lethbridge 10000 Small-Scale Art Award, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane | On exhibition 15 – 30 June
- The Judges Prize, October 2013 forThe Hutchins Art Prize: On Exhibition, Salamanca Place, Hobart, Tasmania 15-27 October
and a PRESENTER for
Semi-Permanent, Creative Conference, Sydney Convention Centre | May 2013 ;
Semi-Permanent, Melbourne Convention Centre | October 2013
Other Awards Paul has won include
2010 Metro Art Award
2010 Williamstown Festival Contemporary Art Prize, Local Artist Award
2006 Tattersall’s Contemporary Art Award, Local Artist Award
2005 NAVA Visual and Craft Artists’ Grant Scheme
2002 CalArts Scholarship
2002 CalArts Deans Reserve Fund
2002 Samstag Supplementary Scholarship
2001 Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship
2000 Gunnery Studio Program, Artspace, Sydney
1997 William Fletcher Trust Grant