This year the recipients of the FELTspace Graduate Award are Kate O'Boyle, Danny Vines and eDuard Helmbold. This award provides the opportunity for these new graduates to show their work in FELTspace during the highly sort after SALA period. This exhibiton encourages new work from the artists and in conjunction with Guildhouse allows the recipients to be mentored by an industry leader to help bring their work to fruition.
A recipient is chosen from each of the South Australian Tertiary providers of Bachelor of Visual Arts; Adelaide Central School of Art, Adelaide College of the Arts - TAFE SA and the University of South Australia.
By way of introduction, we are releasing the three award winners artist statements in the lead up to their exhibition.
Church spaces provide me with opportunities to consider how the materiality of space affects the body. As a former Catholic, I come to these spaces without faith, but with an unrelenting corporeal belonging. Entering these spaces is an embodied act. States of suspension and transformation see the body comply and perform ritualistic acts of attachment.
Working site-responsively, I spend time in Catholic churches, observing how others interact with and perform these spaces. Although no church is the same, nor is anyone’s faith for that matter, all are places representative of institutionalised belief systems. These spaces provide me with an opportunity to consider the role materiality plays in faith, but also its affective capacity to reinforce institutional power dynamics.
An installation practice, which often incorporates sound, video and sculpture, allows me to decontextualise the materiality of these spaces, while disrupting the power of the institution they represent.
Danny Vines is an interdisciplinary artist, working primarily in sculpture and performance. His practice investigates the notion of “embodied psychology” and alludes to the remote and at times all consuming mental patterns one can become habitually embroiled in; patterns that strongly influence paths taken by the body.
With an emphasis on material engagement, Vines negotiates with the limits of sculpted human form, converging at the boundary of thought and behaviour, embodied action and artistic expression.
In Deep Mode, Bone Deep (2018) Vines explores the physical body as an emotional centre, thats psychosocial development and grasp on identity are incessantly re-scripted by past experiences written deep within its folds. The single channel video work seeks to wade through modes that can develop in relationship to self, to capture the vulnerability that cycles beneath a co-dependent and sometimes unseen inner struggle.
eDuard Helmbold uses casting as method and metaphor to investigate the role that nostalgia and shame play in the performance of cultural identities. By casting recognised objects in unexpected materials, or using everyday materials in unexpected ways, eDuard’s sculptures invite the viewer into a space between familiarity and foreignness, between coherence and incomprehensibility.
I Acknowledge, his first solo show, is inspired by the contemporary use of “Acknowledgement of Country” as a ritual for reconciliation that non-indigenous Australians are invited to engage in. eDuard states:
“It recognizes the Kaurna people as the traditional custodians of the Adelaide plains and pays respect to the Kaurna people past, present and future.
It acknowledges that I am a benefactor of apartheid and colonisation.
It states my intent to work towards reconciliation in Australia.”
eDuard graduated from the University of South Australia (BA Visual Art and Design – Honours) and has been awarded the Constance Gordon Johnson Prize for Sculpture and Installation (2016), President of the Friends of the South Australian School of Art Prize (2016), Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society prize (2017) and The City Rural/Helpmann Academy Travel Award (2018).
Born in Johannesburg, eDuard now lives and works in Adelaide, South Australia.