a Geelong Design Week 2021 Event -
The Journey of Extraordinary Encounters
at Vidler art parlour
Suite 11/138A Malop St, Geelong VIC 3220
18 March 2021 - 28 March 2021
18 March, Thursday 10am – 5pm
19 March, Friday 10am – 3pm
20 March, Saturday CLOSED
21 March, Sunday 3pm – 5pm
22 March to 28 March, Monday to Sunday 10am – 5pm
Aquaphilia - Love of Water
Phillip Barend Roös
Deeply embedded in ecological consciousness, Roös investigates our innate affiliation to water – Aquaphilia – by raising burning questions of social and environmental issues, how our ‘love of water’ can destroy vulnerable ecological systems or enhance environmental regeneration. On drawings, paintings and large paper scrolls Roös captures the hidden storylines of natural habitats and human interference, while adventuring into the bays, wetlands, rivers, and forests of the region.
Simon is a landscape architect with a long-standing fascination with wetlands and waterways and their sights, sounds, smells, and – especially – their biota. Often obscured, lost, or otherwise not visible, Simon explores his personal relationship with these waters through a series of cartographic explorations that collage maps and memories.
Jesse David Delmo
An integral contributor to the 'Aquaphilia' exhibition, Delmo brings a unique perspective to the collective expression of the group. Holding a Masters in Architecture, he has chosen to explore the human interaction with water by means of infrastructure and passage. What do we build to be closer to water? And in turn, what is built to preserve these environments. Enjoy ink and watercolour representations of the Barwon River and surrounding coastal areas.
Local artist & florist, Courtney Ward, has been a passionate contributor to the Geelong scene for a number of years. Her latest venture, Vidler Art Parlour, opened in late 2019. The Parlour is dedicated to connecting the community with local artists and musicians, operating as an exhibition space and art studio. Whilst in the current curatorial role she still enjoys exploring her artistic practice by way of poetry, digital collage, botanical installation and ink illustrations. For the diverse nature of Courtney’s practice, the subject matter remains consistent as she communicates her surreal perception and romantic musings of the natural world.
‘Aquatic, hypnotic’ is a collection of botanical sculptures inspired by riparian vegetation of the Barwon River and Connewarre region. Water carves and creates so much beauty across our natural world, especially in terms of plant life, but what happens when that life supply is taken away? This collection explores the organic form and almost ethereal qualities of naturally preserved flora from these areas. Constructed with found grasses and dried plant materials the works transform what was once dead into ornamental homages. Accompanied by a spoken word piece, viewers are encouraged to draw on their own memories of similar riparian areas, in an attempt to transcend the four walls of the exhibition space to the banks of the Barwon River.
Lana Van Galen
Born and raised in Geelong, Lana has a deep affinity for Lake Connewarre, having explored its environment on foot and by water, revelling in the beauty of the flora, fauna, land and skyscapes. As an architect and lecturer, this life-long appreciation of nature has informed a design and teaching approach which seeks to harmoniously integrate build and natural environments.
Her work in this exhibition – Aquaphilia – has provided an opportunity to reflect and reconnect with the hidden wonder that is the wetlands and rivers around Connewarre, exploring through photography, the details and the greater context of the Lake.
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