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Art Meets Science Exhibition: The Wrong Kind of Beauty

The Wrong Kind of Beauty is the Bloom Collective’s embodied, experiential response to the fragility of the landscape produced by the gullying process. The harrowing and ongoing drama of the landscape simultaneously reveals moments of delicate sculptural beauty, explored here through poetry, movement

When: Monday, August 13 2018 till Friday, September 7 2018. 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
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Where: Eco-Science Precinct
41 Boggo Road, Dutton Park, QLD, 4102
Topic: Environment and nature
Cost: Free
Other: Wheelchair access

Bloom Collective (Erik Griswold, Jan Baker-Finch, Renata Buziak, Vicki Kelleher, Vanessa Tomlinson) present video, sound and photography to articulate their 6-month artists-in-residence at the Eco-Science Precinct in Dutton Park, Queensland.

The Wrong Kind of Beauty is the Bloom Collective’s embodied, experiential response to the fragility of the landscape produced by the gullying process. The harrowing and ongoing drama of the landscape, simultaneously reveals moments of delicate sculptural beauty, explored here through poetry, movement, sound and visual documentation.

The photographs and videos presented are from a site at Murphy’s Creek near Toowoomba, generously made accessible by the property owner. Printed fabrics and poetry as well as audio visual work were made in the gullies, and in response to the gullies.  We invite you to visit the foyer of the Eco-Science precinct to listen, look, experience and rethink these familiar landscapes.

In addition, biochrome images of soil featured on paper, fabrics, and time-lapse videos, were created with soil samples collected from the site, and from the Bowen and Burdekin Rivers catchments. Biochromes present traces of micro-organic and chemical transformations recorded over several weeks on photographic emulsions, addressing diversity of living soils.

Before the Bloom Collective met members of the Landscape Sciences, we didn’t know the word gully could be a verb. Gullying is a natural process. The Grand Canyon was created by gullying over millions of years. Human activity, such as land clearing and overgrazing can contribute to gullying, causing rapid land degradation and soil erosion. The latest scientific studies indicate that gullies are a major source of sediment flowing to the Great Barrier Reef (Bartley et al., 2017). The Bloom Collective were introduced to gully research by members of DES, identifying causes, measuring rates of change, tracing the effects on ecosystem, and considering rehabilitation options. The Wrong Kind of Beauty ruminates on all of these concerns.

Contact details:

Vanessa Tomlinson
Clocked Out
Email: v.tomlinson@griffith.edu.au
Phone: 0412 466 761
Mobile: 0412 466 761

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