Elements by The Walls

Elements situates four contemporary art works around the HOTA parklands, each work interpreting one of four life elements: Air, Earth, Fire and Water. Curated by Gold Coast artist and curator Rebecca Ross for The Walls Art Space, the artworks act as a collective mirror to the site and to ourselves, inviting the viewer to reflect, explore, engage, to flow, to find stillness and to listen out among the elements.

Kinly Grey’s air work blurs the lines between natural and manmade environments and phenomena, constantly shifting the viewer’s position and experience via the changing atmosphere of the work. Jordan Azcune’s ‘earth’ work digs deep into themes of architecture, the quotidian, and larger ideas of optimism. Agents of Confusion’s ‘fire’ work continues their interest in summer rituals by turning up the heat on the site’s barbeques with a performative exploration of food, desire and identity. Michael Candy’s ‘water’ work, framed by both lake and waterways employs new media and sound to examine ecological and social systems.

Presented by HOTA, Home of the Arts

Image: ‘The Size of Air’ (2017). Artwork and photo: Kinly Grey.

This event is part of the HOME series. 

About The Walls Art Space

Located in Miami on Queensland’s Gold Coast The Walls is a regional Artist Run Initiative founded in 2013. It is run by artists to support artists to present work that is experimental and innovative through its offerings of exhibition and studio space, performance events, publications and discussions. The Walls is an incorporated association and runs on a not-for-profit basis. The Walls’ mission is to connect people with current and experimental art on the Gold Coast and our vision is to provide transformative art experiences and enrich the Australian cultural landscape.

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About the artists

Kinly Grey

Kinly Grey engages sensory experience and expanded poetics to explore art as affect. These experiments take form across mediums, including instructional works, performance, objects, and atmospheric installations, occurring outdoors, in public spaces, as well as in the gallery. Placing viewer experience at their centre, Kinley’s works often require participation or enactment for their realisation.

Currently, Kinly is experimenting with meteorological and atmospheric conditions as embodied phenomena. They’re exploring the thresholds of perception as spaces to engage other ways of feeling, understanding, and being in the world. Laden with metaphor, and foregrounding perception, Grey’s works are explorations of feeling and experience that intersect the intimately personal with the cosmically reflective.

Kinly currently lives in Brisbane and loves it sick. They’re predominantly an artist, but they also write a bit, and talk a lot about how good the weather is. Hobbies include eating oranges, science fiction, long distance running, and being outside. For money they work a couple of jobs including bar work, gallery technician things, and boat cleaning. One day they will have a dog probably called Janet.

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Michael Candy

Michael Candy is a Gold Coast based artist working across kinetic art and new media. Michael’s work employs physical technologies to impart systems on ecology and society. Michael earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts & Industrial Design from Queensland University of Technology in 2013 and has been involved in many international and local projects and exhibitions, notably: The Kathmandu Triennale (Kathmandu, Nepal), Pratt Manhattan Gallery (NYC, USA), The Forum of Sensory Motion (Athens, Greece), The Instrument Builders Project + Hackteria Lab (Yogyakarta, Indonesia) and Hawapi (Huepetuhe, Peru).

In 2015 Michael won the WRO Award as part of the 16th Media Art biennale in Poland and later Prix Cube (Paris, France) with Big Dipper. In 2019 Cryptid was included in A Forest as part of MONA’s Dark Mofo in Tasmania. Michael is a 2019 Creative Development Program participant at HOTA with his project Selfless Driving Car.

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Jordan Azcune

Through solo and collaborative practices, Jordan Azcune explores notions of utopia, the ineffable, and larger ideas of optimism. Raised as a Jehovahs’s Witness and growing up queer, his approach to art making begins with a fluency in biblical theology and uses related visual cues of the 20th century to reconsider histories which map the conflicting intersection of emotion, spirituality, and monumentality. These references are translated by using ancient and contemporary techniques to reveal a fragile state of observance and communion with reality.

Jordan lives and works in South East Queensland. In 2016 he completed Honours in Fine Art at Queensland University of Technology and has since completed a mentorship in Public Art with Lincoln Austin and is apprenticing with theologian and iconographer Leonard Brown on Byzantine Gold work . Jordan’s work has been exhibited across Brisbane, the Gold Coast regional Queensland and Nationally. In 2019 he will travel to Miami, Florida as the recipient of The Walls Art Space annual international exchange.

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Agents of Confusion

Agents of Confusion is the collaborative practice of Gold Coast artists Adrienne Kenafake and Tessa Bergan. Through recorded and live performance, their work explores absurdist extensions of Gold Coast identities. In 2018 they undertook a two-month residency at Palm Beach Library where they developed their first major body of work, Golden Breed. They have since performed and exhibited at several local galleries and were finalists in the 2018 BAM Art Prize. Agents of Confusion are a 2019 Creative Development Program participant at HOTA with their project Space Invaders.

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Rebecca Ross

Rebecca Ross lives and works on Queensland’s Gold Coast where she works as an artist and curator, an academic at Queensland College of Art Griffith University and Southern Cross University, and as Artistic Director of The Walls Art Space which she founded in 2013. Rebecca completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts (1998) and Master of Fine Art (2005) at Queensland University of Technology. She has undertaken public art and curatorial commissions locally including major projects for Festival 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast University Hospital and Robina Health Precinct. Rebecca has exhibited internationally in the U.S.A., New Zealand, Malta and Italy, and has participated in international artist in residence programs in Malta (Gozo, Valletta), Italy (Rome, Venice) and New Zealand (Auckland, Wellington).

Rebecca was an inaugural recipient of the Brisbane City Council Lord Mayor’s Young and Emerging Artists’ Fellowship (2004), was awarded the Rome Studio at the British School at Rome by the Australia Council for the Arts (2012), and has received Career Development Grants from Arts Queensland and the Regional Arts Development Fund Gold Coast on numerous occasions including a mentorship (2015) to travel to Los Angeles and Miami, USA. Her work has been shown internationally including at the Embassy of Australia in Washington D.C. U.S.A. in 2012 and at the British School at Rome in 2013.

Rebecca serves on the boards of The Walls Art Space and the Tugun Progress Association, and practices surfing in her spare time.

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Acknowledgements

Elements has been supported by HOTA, Home of Arts and City of Gold Coast through HOTA’s Creative Development Program. The Walls Art Space is supported by the City of Gold Coast through the Accelerate Triennial Grant Program.

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