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Litmus


Litmus

Henry Jock Walker


03.06.2015 - 26.06.2015
Opening 03.06.15 6-8pm
Artist Talks 25.06.15 6-7pm

There are three collaborations that began while I was in Sydney in October 2013, based around surfing as a connection and catalyst for creative action.

One was with a surfboard maker, Grant Carverley, he makes a living creating very colourful experimental boards in a little shed behind a big recording studio in Cronulla. One with Gregory Hodge, Greg and I have a common interest in surfing and making paintings. The final one is Team Surfing Painting is making small acrylic paintings on canvas while surfing on a wave with someone.

Carverley Collab- I met grant out in the water at Cronulla. I was making a painting. He asked if the canvas was a new water proof ipad. I stopped for a quick squiz in Grants board making shed and stayed for half a week. What excited me most about Grants operation was his creative use of leftover resin, he had some raw wild evolving structures covered in all sorts of colourful resins. Grant is a character and so are many of the shed regulars, he is born a bred in the area and has been shaping boards there for over twenty five years.

Henry and Hodge- We planned to meet and surf when I was travelling around Aus but ended up making about fifty paintings instead. Greg and I plan to spend a week in his studio south of Sydney making paintings, surfing and developing a new outcome for First Draft.

Team Surfing Painting- In the six week period I plan to make as many surfing paintings and team surfing paintings as possible at as many beaches as possible. I also propose to hold some surfing painting lessons at a low cost (to cover board and wetsuit hire) while the exhibition is running!

Litmus- is a reference Grant mentioned in conversation about our work, Litmus- a surfing Odyssey - is a surf film that highlighted some exciting figures on the periphery of the surf industry bubble, exposing and laying foundation to some exciting experimental pathways.

This project was made possible as a collaboration by the generous support of Gregory Hodge and Grant Carverley.

Biography

Henry Walker's intuitive performances of abstract painting and making in an art space, studio, public or surfing context are commonly documented and displayed by hijacking methods of presentation from surf culture. Surfing action and experimental painting are common mediums that open his practice to a unique platform of exploration and many new exciting contexts and communities. Henry's practice is further becoming a medium for various levels of exchange aiming to activate more open dialogs in social and political issues through a wide range of collaborative processes and live art events.

From May 2013 to January 2014 Henry did a lap of the country in a Toyota Hiace Van, Henrys Mobile Studio. An underlying premise of the journey was to think about the journey as a nine-month performance and a medium for the exploration of many new social and geographic landscapes. Australia as a platform for public making. The main focus formed around new collaborations. Collaboration was a great way to interact, learn and create unexpected outcomes. henrysmobilestudio.com.

Henry Jock Walker studied at the Art School of South Australia 2006- 2008, partly studying abroad in San Diego, California. Henry successfully completed his honours in 2011 at the Victorian College of Art, Melbourne. Henry has been prolifically performing and exhibiting in Artist Run Spaces in Adelaide and interstate, including a solo shows at Sawtooth ARI, Constance, Penny Contemporary Tasmania, Witch Meat ARI Brisbane, TCB art inc, Rearview Gallery and West Space as part of the Next Wave Festival Melbourne, Felt Space, Fontanelle and Australian Experimental Art Foundation (Odradekaeaf) Adelaide, and Floro c anto Gallery, San Diego. Henry is a founding co-director of the mobile ARI tarpspace. Henry's Mobile Studio was a nine month performance traveling around the nation in 2013.