Art Aviso – 1.5 Degrees

The whirlwind of data and opinion surrounding climate change can be overwhelming; how do we form something meaningful and informative out of all of the figures, news, opinions and anxiety surrounding this topic?

Art connects us to the problem in a felt way, it encourages engagement, deep thinking, problem-solving and questioning.

The title of this exhibition (1.5 Degrees) comes from the challenge of the global community to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees (above pre-industrial levels). It is about the science of climate change, communicated in diverse and intriguing ways.

17 Artist from across Australia explore our relationship to the planet, through explorations of the juncture between science and art, and the very human response to the looming threat of climate change.

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JOEL WOLTER - The Wave of Change III (black)


The wave of change series is an emotionally charged and evocative suite of recent etchings by Joel Wolter that presents to us forces of nature contrasted against, at times, small traces and remnants of humanity, as represented by a solitary mast traversing an unrelenting sea, or a haunting island set against rising seas and threatening skies. Initially these images evoke an elusive and mysterious feeling and aesthetic, yet on further inspection they become familiar messages to us that resonate with the intimate changes and challenges we might face in our everyday lives. The waves in these images also rumble with the broader and more consequential changes that will affect the environment and our lives in the not too distant future, such as climate change.

Some of these etchings have been created on recycled sheets of copper plate, showcasing the old marks and wounds in the metal, and using the same techniques that have been utilised by artists for centuries. Using such historically and graphically rich techniques is partly what draws Wolter to the medium of etching. The duteous tasks and processes, the drawing and atmospheric capabilities, and the sometimes unforgiving and mysterious nature of etching has also kept Joel building up his images on the copper plate, sometimes through many etching grounds and proofs, for some 20 years.

Artist Statement: 
Joel Wolter is a visual artist residing on the Victorian Surf Coast. Born in Geelong in 1978, Joel holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts and has many years of experience as a professional printmaker and as an art educator. Joel is widely exhibited across Australia and his artworks have been selected and represented in many significant exhibitions including the Geelong Acquisitive Print Awards, the Rick Amor Print Prize, the Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, Print Traditions – Sources of Australian Printmaking and the Fremantle Print Awards to mention a few. Joel was recently awarded the 2019 Peebles Print Prize at Queenscliff Gallery and Workshop which grants him a residency at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, Italy. Joel’s artwork is represented in public collections including the Geelong Gallery, the State Library of Victoria, the Parliament of Australia, and the Victorian College of the Arts.

PRICE: $750 (Framed) $500 (Unframed)

Joel Wolter
76 x 56cm