IT'S GETTING HOT IN HERE
A CLIMATE CHANGE EXHIBITION
Opening Night, Friday 10th February 2017 - Gallery Photography by Georgia Batic
It's Getting Hot in Here- a Climate Change exhibition
This exhibition was aimed at encouraging the public to approach the climate change debate from a direction that is creative and informed to proactively develop arguments in a concise and imaginative way. The exhibition featured over 30 unique emerging and established artists working with paintings, murals, illustration, sculpture, installation, performance, prose, and creative writing to interpret scientific findings and present them to the public in an accessible and entertaining way. The opening night saw hundreds through the doors of Raj House who sipped on fiano and tempranillo by ArtWine and listened to four diverse guest speakers present the exhibition. Rene Campbell is a young marine ecologist who spoke on the ongoing effects of humanity is having on the environment and scientific trends being observed as a result of anthropogenic climate change.
Azz is an Adelaide street artist who topped off a year of 40 murals with an immersion in the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest, bringing home a vision of making the public aware of exactly what Australia has got to lose if it doesn't wake up to the challenge of climate change. He spoke on the need to move microphones away from the mouths of stupid people with stupid opinions and urged the audience to consider listening only to the relevant experts in order to form more informed and imaginative opinions which they must spread relentlessly in order to vanquish climate change conspiracy terrorism.
Rene Campbell ~Marine Ecologist
Rene Campbell is a young marine ecologist who spoke on the ongoing effects of humanity is having on the environment and scientific trends being empirically observed as a result of anthropogenic climate change. She outlined that Australia has one of the largest climate denying populations in the world (greater than the US) and broke down the biochemical processes surrounding coral bleaching as well as the interdependency of many biological systems within the ocean and beyond.
Robert Simms ~Former Senator
Robert stressed the need for governments to invest money into renewable energy, which for some reason has come under fire for (incorrectly) being assumed responsible for recent power outages. Robert reminded the audience that South Australia has a strong history of people-powered social reform and urged that the public unifies itself in commanding a stronger government position on the issue of climate change.
Satori ~Spoken Word Poet
Satori knocked it out of the ball park by sharing incredibly emotive spoken word performances inspired by the issue as well as the Standing Rock situation in the US. The audience was blown away by his entirely memorised performance which left them gobsmacked as it carried through for 10 minutes.
Azz is the curator of this exhibition. He visited the Great Barrier Reef to and Daintree Rainforest in order to gather inspiration for a fresh new mural art concept. Some key observations were that the entire reef is manifesting itself upon an electric yellow lattice, with each organism embellished and encrusted with mind bending patterns. The entire assortment appears randomly arranged yet perfectly orchestrated, an effect also observed in the rainforest where hundreds of lush plants grow upon each other infinitely and chaotically.
Jade is 20 years old and created her first ever murals in Raj House for the exhibition. Taking inspiration from her dreams, her life experience and her two cats Schnitzel and Butterbeans, Jade Marshall is a young painter born and raised in Adelaide who pursues her surreal and mysterious artworks with a whimsicality and a relentless drive to create her beautiful paintings of dolls and surreal creatures inspired by science fiction and fantasy. View more by Jade
Lewis' unique style of illustration has grown and developed over a lifetime of practice, experience and exploration of the world. After refining his skills to create this individual style of work, he has adapted it to be fit for many print and digital outlets with an eye for exclusive, high quality products. View more by Lewis
Roarkij is a 20 year old outsider artist who also created his first ever mural at Raj House. His work is an exploration of the deepest parts of the 'chaos multiplex' inside his mind. Roarkij creates expressively and invested many many hours into his mural work at the exhibition, sitting for long periods with an encyclopedia of patterns in nature laid in front of him as he brewed an underwater otherworld consumed and altered by human pollution. Roarkij posts all of his late night creations on his Instagram
Steven uses different types of mediums to create works that explore the bizarre nature of existence in an attempt to challenge our understanding. His pieces at Raj House explore the existence of the cuttlefish and a mammalian with tree roots being ripped from the Earth by humanity. View more by Steven
JANE SKEER -POISON and IMPACT
I work predominantly in sculpture and installation, responding to observations of people, objects, and materiality. I seek to prove that the unwanted is in fact useful and that it might prompt us to rethink our relationship with it. Respecting the life and qualities of the material, my aim is to work collaboratively with material agency to activate it in some way.
This work is an installation in two parts, focused on both the direct and indirect effects of anthropogenic impacts on reef systems globally. As oceanographic temperatures continue to increase, the geographic range of ocean habitat suitable for the growth of coral reef ecosystems is shifting and becoming reduced worldwide, with many ecosystems seeing increased levels of bleaching and reef die-out. Furthermore, reefs located near areas commonly exploited by humans may be subjected to damaging fishing practices such as trawling, or be exposed to poisonous fertilisers and chemicals from local primary producers. Couple with the waste that we fill our oceans with, these factors can result in severe damage to the already vulnerable reef systems. This work focuses on these human impacts on the reef, and highlights the irreversible damage being done today. This work questions the relations of nature and culture, serving as a stark warning of the environmental degradation of our marine habitat.
ASHLEY HART - WE ARE NOT DROWNING, WE ARE FIGHTING
Global sea levels have risen by 20cm since 1870. 5 Pacific islands have already been lost. 6 more have lost more than 20% surface area, forcing the relocation of entire villages. Every time you deny climate change you are actively contributing to it by preaching its non-existence. This live art demonstration aims to signifit this impact and invite you to reflect on the worldwide effects of the decisions politicians, who represent us, make. Contact your local MP to see what they're doing to make a difference.
SYDONIE GEORGIA - THE QUIRKY CUP COLLECTIVE
'For most people, tea and coffee is sacred everyday ritual, with mugs and teacups merely being the vessels in which we entrust to cradle our soul soothing liquids. For those who know me best, I myself, am rarely without a teacup cupped within my own hand. and so that is how my adventure began, I combined my love for tea, and art, and started by painted teacups for gifts as friends. It was my way of fusing together some of my loves and making something of them.
The Quirky Cup Collective has since turned into a whimsical endeavour of creativity, vibrance and enjoyment. I find myself constantly challenged by this project – dividing my time between dreaming up and crafting my own designs, as well as creating special commission pieces. There is certainly a challenge in staying true to myself and balancing my cultivated style with the versatility I have to possess for commission work – but ultimately my style is truly representative of my personality, and is a style that I am proud of.
My admiration for the simple beauty of nature has been the main influence on my style, but my inspiration also derives from my love and appreciation of intricate patterns and textiles, as well as my evident love for colour. These elements when combined and lovingly applied to the naked surface of a teacup or mug create a piece of art that can be of both decoration and functionality.
Overall, my aim as an artist is to simply turn ordinary everyday objects into something of magic and beauty; and to create a special and unique experience for the holder. I hope by breathing life into teacups, mugs and teapots, I am spreading excitement and joy to homes around the world.'
AZZURRO- LIFE'S A BEACH
A touch and feel installation presenting shells, coral and mysterious rocks found on the beaches of Aldinga and Normanville and presented on a glowing neon cube bar. 'Always put things back the way you found them'.
MIRJANA DOBSON - 2 DEGREES
Mirjana Dobson creates sculptural ceramic installations that explore the relationship between science and Nature. 2 Degrees is a taxonomic specimen collection that seeks to interrogate the human impact on Natures ecosystems. Mirjana’s hybrid organisms fuse biological forms from the environment, with synthetic objects found carelessly discarded on our coastlines. Through this process of synthesis, the organic form transforms to an altered entity no longer certain of its place in Nature. 2 Degrees provides a metaphor for the vulnerability and fragility of our biological state, primarily contemplating changes in the natural course of evolution due to human intervention. In order to abate the most serious consequences of global warming, climate scientists have warned that the rise in Earth’s temperature needs to be capped at no more than 2 degrees Celsius.
LIZ PORTS - LOOK AWAY... IT'S RUBBISH
I'm fascinated by Nature's complex systems, which you can only hint at in any art form. I'm horrified by Climate Change diminishing biodiversity and threatening what we love. In my art I mainly use foraged 'roadside finds', with some materials from charity shops like MOSH, and broken things friends pass on to me.
KAT COPPOCK - TOURIST TRAP
'HIDING NEMO' Mosaic
'Where the Wild Things Were'
Niques is a freestyling lyricist from Melbourne who wrote 16 bars for the exhibition, illustrated by AZZURRO.
Paintings, collage, illustrations and mixed media in frames and on canvas
'JUNE' and 'SEPTEMBER
Limited edition reproductions of original inkwork. $995
ANTHONY ADAMS - GOODBYE
We have 'moved in' on this planet and have raped and pillaged it ever since. 'Goodbye' shows the amazing natural creatures that surround us, while we continue to stamp our destruction upon the Earth.
Collage/Acrylics/Ink 91.4 x 91.4 cms
'LEECH' and 'SURVIVAL'
'1' '2' '3' and surfboard
KIRSTIE MCGREGOR- THE THREE STAGES OF LOSS
'Turtle', 'Butterfly Fish', 'Whale'
'AWAKENING' and 'THE FIVE ELEMENTS AND CORPORATE GREED'
JOSEPH HANNAN- THE MOTHER SUFFERER
'PLEASE STOP' and 'YOU'RE KILLING ME'
'Damn, she got hot Bro', 'But mum... I'm still hot', 'Err..'
'Polarised' 'The Human Mined' 'Look Closely...'
'Rainforest Dreaming' 'Pebbles' and 'Coral Reef' 'A Great Day for a BBQ'
STUDIO POLLY- WE ARE THEIR CURE
We are their cure, but also, their disease. Humanity strives for prosperity, creating millions of tonnes of waste and pollution as a consequence. Humanity says 'waste not, want not'. Nature responds with 'want not, waste not'. View more of Studio Polly
Mixed media, photography and digital drawing. 60 x 90 cm. $75.
AARON FINCK- TREE OF LIFE
MIMBY JONES ROBINSON- WATERS RISING
Acrylic on canvas. $500
DANNY JARRATT- IMMERSION
As an artist who is consistently inspired by plants, conserving the environment is critical. Deforestation not only destroys singular plants but also the natural beauty of by-chance arrangement caused by forests. The paintings dance between mediums: photography, collage, graphic design, print making and painting. I wanted to create work that leaves the viewer immersed in the technical chronology of the work. How was it made? What was the initial mark?
'HIDDEN TREASURES' Watercolour
WYNNE ELISE- ANGER AND FEAR
The current Australian and global political cimate is a strange and dangerous one. Angry and afraid men and women hold positions in office, due to their ability to connect to the anger and fear felt by some in the public. Along with a myriad of other outdated and narrow-minded ideas clung to by these politicans, climate change is supposedly a lie devised to control and take money from the public. An excerpt from a post on the One Nation political party's official website: 'Global warming is all about a power grab by a wealthy elite and their collectivist sycophants- using the U.N. as a cover and tool'. This not only directly flies in the face of actual evidence collected and supported by actual scientists, but is a theory completely unsupported and absurd. There are two prominent individuals spouting these falsities. One believes NASA tampered with climate change data. The other visited one isolated but healthy part of the Great Barrier Reef and announced that it is healthy - 'in fact it is growing!'. One is 'fear' and one is 'anger'. A very large portion of voters, as well as those just a little below the voting age, are now also angry and afraid. Angry, because our voices are being lost in the cacophony of ignorance and conspiracy theories, and afraid of what the future will hold for us and the place we live- planet Earth.
Zooxanthellae is a piece that focuses on what was vs. what is happening to the Great Barrier Reef due to human activity. I have taken inspiration from the plethora of colours the reef has to create a vibrant backdrop to heavily contrast the white bleach coral- a result of coral bleaching. Each piece I create is a constant attempt to interpret a subject and represent it in my own visual display through the use of abstract patterns and contrasting colours. My work represents my inner-most thoughts and feelings and if my pieces can catch someone's interest if even for a second I have achieved my goal as an artist.