Erratic Symbiosis, Unearthing Past Voices

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Highlight event: Celebrating a decade long partnership between communities in Parkes and The Philippines with video installation, a Wiradjuri song, soil paintings, crafts and paintings.

Parkes Library is hosting an exhibition titled Erratic Symbiosis, Unearthing Past Voices – Sowing Future Visions, from 3 to 16 June 2017.

Erratic Symbiosis explores the synchronicity, contradiction, intuition, rhythm, and textures in relationships according to curator Sean James Cassidy.

“This collaborative exhibition responds to place as a composition of elements, experiences and narratives through studies in video, sound, soil art and painting. It is a visual and sound-based response to the elements found in nature and relationships. Erratic Symbiosis is an opportunity to reflect on the achievements and struggles of Ub Ubbo’s art-making process,” said Sean.

Ub Ubbo Exchange who is marking their ten year anniversary is a non-profit community that has been facilitating cultural exchanges, promoting art exhibits and organising projects in Australia and The Philippines. Ub Ubbo aims to use 100% local materials and involve local artists and craftspeople and stands for integrity in art, which proceeds from a greater respect for the gifts of our immediate environment.

Scott ‘Sauce’ Towney and Sean James Cassidy.

In creating Erratic Symbiosis the annual crop harvest was the catalyst for studying the land as an intrinsic element for biography and creativity among artists and musicians from Ub Ubbo Exchange.

The exhibit will include a video installation by Jake Atienza, the launch of a Wiradjuri song by the Parkes Wiradjuri Language Group, Sunfield Records and eL Garahe, soil paintings and works by local artists Scott Turnbull and Scott ‘Sauce’ Towney, and art groups Parkes Painters, Parkes Potters and Craft Corner.

The three-screen video installation documents the harvest as a physical activity and captures textures of the land. New soil art and new paintings using pigments made from local rocks will form part of the installation and are being created in a collaborative process by Parkes artists.

The community is invited to celebrate the achievements made by Parkes Shire artists and their collaborations with regional Filipino artists at the official opening of Erratic Symbiosis, Unearthing Past Voices – Sowing Future Visions, on Saturday 3rd June, 11am, at Parkes Library.
The celebration will continue at 1pm at the Railway Bowling Club with music and barefoot bowling.

The the Parkes Champion Post story about this project.

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