Posts Tagged ‘western australian museum’

home sweet home

Posted by campbell February 27th, 2012


Get in to the Western Australian Museum and check out the fantastic arts project Home Sweet Home that is from the arts group Subject to Change and is running as part of the Perth International Arts Festival. People are invited to buy a plot of land to develop their property on it, it might be a shop, apartment block, terraced house, whatever. Create a community, pull together at the notice board, send letters through the internal post, request songs on the local, live radio station. How would YOU re-imagine Perth? More arts spaces? More live music venues? Smaller compact housing with greater native reserves? Make it happen! Get in there.

This project is so gorgeous and inspiring. My family have created a boat house and are currently constructing a light house to help guide ships in the night. Maybe a marina next? Perhaps we’ll construct a jetty for refugee boats to dock at. What about a light rail system that connects the suburbs to the town? There are so many possibilities…

This project has taken place in many other locations previously, L.A., Edinborough, London and Japan. You can see some of the previous installations on their website here where there are photos and videos from the events. The above photo is from a the Perth Museum facebook page, while the photo below is of the boat house my family and I created.

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Grumpy Lizard

Posted by campbell January 8th, 2011


This lizard is based (mighty loosely) on the Kings Skink.
Apparently this animal has a primarily carnivorous diet while in early life, but as it ages switches to be more vegetable oriented, which I think is pretty amazing. It makes me think of wild young punks turning to Buddhism in later life.

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new perth

Posted by campbell September 6th, 2010


This September 25th I’ll be opening my latest exhibition at free range gallery, titled “new perth“. I’ve had this body of work playing in my head for a few years now and am really excited to be able to have the time and space to explore it.

This large installation of paintings, drawing, wall works and sculptures documents a fictional artist led revolution through the streets of Perth, their occupation of architectural spaces and destruction of contemporary values. It’s all a riot of sex, ultra violence and mysticism that’s glorious propaganda for a ridiculous dream state.

The show draws on my many frustrations with Perth, with being a creative practitioner, with being cast adrift in a sea of apathy, filled with hope and fear and anger. The Jazz Cellar, free range, Gas Works and the lack of studio spaces all pressing on the arts community. All in the shadow of the greatest economic boom this state has ever seen.

There has always been a whine about Perth which I don’t want to add to. With the angelic glow of Melbourne and Sydney persistent on the horizon it’s often easier to make a your home elsewhere. Unless you feel that Perth is your home. The ground is unstable then, difficult to navigate, this body of work forges ahead with a plan. Foolish and bold and pig headed, as all desperate plans are.

I’ll be posting new previews of works leading up to the show as well sketches and studio photos.

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Thylacoleo

Posted by campbell July 14th, 2010


The Thylacoleo is commonly referred to as the “Marsupial Lion”. It was a about the size of a small lion and played an important predatory role in Australia’s prehistoric past.

They had amazing teeth, which I was keen to capture in my sketches as I found it kind of difficult to form a clear image of them from the photos and illustrations I had seen. The front four teeth are large, piercing rods about as long as a human finger. The bottom two seem to lock in between the top two when closed. Then there are a number of small nuggety teeth whose purpose seems unclear to me, maybe they weren’t really used and were in the process of being evolved out. Then there are the back teeth. They are like large secateurs, fat sharp blades that slide past each other. It’s a truly incredible you which you get a full appreciation of when sitting in front of it.

One common theory regarding the behaviour of the Thylacoleo is that it would hide in the tree tops and drop down to attack it’s prey. It would then deliver an initial bite that was so severe and would rend so much flesh from the victim that it would quickly bleed to death.

It’s unclear if these animals were encountered by the first peoples of Australia. One theory that I’ve encountered in a number of texts is that the first arrivals caused the mass extinction of Australia’s mega fauna both through hunting and environment change. When looking at the range of animals that overlapped with the first arrivals, Australia emerges in my mind as a terrifying nightmare of a land.
Various reptiles growing up to 7m in length, one of the largest flightless birds ever to exist, carnivorous kangaroos (again, huge) 10m snakes. Not to mention all the spiders, scorpions and other creepy crawlies.

Anyway, it’s all pretty rich material for the over-active imagination.

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