In March/April 2011 I had my first solo art exhibition, called the Braintrotter Connection, a collection of photos and art works based on photos. In addition I present below my biggest art work, a 6 x 6 x 6 meter metal object, a sculpture called the Braintrotter Cube. Built in 2005, dismantled in 2011. Thirdly I introduce you to a 50 meter installation work called The Constellation depicting the stars of the Australian flag. It has been built up to working stage. Finally a video of a DVD that ran in two exhibitions, called ‘Braintrotter on the wallaby”, a new project with inflatable animals warning against the impacts of Climate Change (called Em-brace) and Green Island in the Sky, celebrating our local nature, culture and businesses, to be published in October 2016.
1. Braintrotter Connection
This gallery includes small pictures of the real art works, which differ in size from A4 to 1.5 meters. Only one third of the entire collection is included, to give an impression of the entire range. I am currently working at an additional series of art works for my next exhibition.
Detailed information on the art works can be found by clicking the photos below.
2. The Braintrotter Cube.
In 2004/2005 a 3 tonnes, 6 x 6 x 6 metre Cube was designed and built at West Road, North Tamborine. The motto was ‘You are what you say you are’. The sculpture was inspired by the art of Sol LeWitt, and based on visual beauty, and the golden section. In 2010 the work had to be dismantled because the property was sold. At the moment it is in storage waiting for the opportunity arises to be re-erected.
The Cube celebrates the link between art and science, and between artificial concepts and the beauty of nature.
A brochure about the opportunity for either the local or regional communities or businesses, or galleries overseas to include this art work in their collection, will be published in June 2016. both as PDF online and in print.
The making of The Braintrotter Cube, first stages
3. The constellation.
A ‘scale model’ of The Constellation – measuring only 20 meters – was installed on Tamborine Mountain at a scale of 1 meter to 25 light years. The ‘real’ object (scale 1 metre to 10 light years) was built as well, but had to be dismantled due to the sale of the property.
The art works shows the Southern Cross and two pointers depicted by spheres with solar powered ‘faint’ lights inside; the objects are spacially positioned exactly as they are in the universe. The 10 lights have different sizes, varying from 5 to 700 mm diameter. The lights seem to be completely randomly places, but only from one very view point (a small hole in apole depicting the earth), the viewer sees the the stars as they appear in the night sky: the five stars of the Southern Cross and the two pointers (Alpha and Beta Centauri). More than that: they all appear to have the same size from the viewing point.
The work gives an impression of the distances between these stars in the universe, and clearly shows that constellations are nothing but manmade concepts without existance in reality.
The art work was ready for display at the art centre in Beaudesert, but it was cancelled at the last minute because of liability issues: the power supply was a ‘fire risk’. It was provisionally installed in my backyeard at a size of 20 meters in working condition (and it worked very well!) and – without working lights – at its final version: an installation of just over 50 meters.
This art work will finally find its home; the costs are limited, the design is ready to go. It just requires space: 50 metres at least.
4. DVD Braintrotter on the wallaby
In 2006 I took a scale model of the Cube (600x600x600 mm) on a 4 months trip through Outback Australia. The whereabouts of this mini-cube are presented in this 15 minutes DVD. The music is played by Abrew Langford, didgeridoo player in Alice Springs. The DVD was included in the openings exhibition of The Centre in Beaudesert, and in an exhibition at the Gold Coast Art Gallery.
Chapter 1 of Braintrotter on the wallaby: the introduction
Chapter 2 of Braintrotter on the wallaby: the ‘movie’
5. Wake Up Time
|After travelling for three years through Central Australia I wrote a book about the subhuman conditions in the remote Aboriginal Communities. Thorough investigation of many annual reports and other documents gave an insight in the causes of these problems, and also lead to possible solutions. Wake Up Time is for sale on www.wakeuptime.com.au|
|Em-brace will be a collection of photos of ordinary people from all over the world embracing inflatable animals. Because of Climate Change and other environmental threats we need to brace for a bad future, and the best way to do that is by embracing the beauty we have got: wildlife. The inflatable aspect depict the risk that we might in time have nothing left but inflatable versions of animals.|
7. Green Island in the Sky
This book will be published in October 2016. More information will be published if and when available.
8. Repower Scenic Rim
An idea, not even a concept, let alone a project. A good way to make money though.