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.
JULIAN DI MARTINO - Wooden January 1 Spoon December 31
Every morning in 2018 I dipped a wooden spoon into a can of paint. Setting out on January the first I was sure of the process, the materials and the time frame.A spoon, a tin of paint, a daily ritual for one full year. Size was the great unknown.You would think that a little coat of paint wouldn’t be a thing of consequence? Similarly, 1.5 degrees isn’t a big thing is it? Each day in increasing astonishment I was witness to a swelling, cleaving, collapsing, geological, exponential, greedy, demanding growth. On one hand, the daily expansion of this work highlights the dangers of frightening, uncontrolled growth but as the year progressed there was joy. Joy in the sense of – ‘from little things big things grow’. There is hope if we work together. In unity there is strength. Change can be achieved with the smallest of daily actions.
I was born in Geelong and live in Melbourne, Australia. In the early 1980s I completed an Arts degree with a major in Philosophy. It wasn’t until my mid-thirties that I began doing art which has from the beginning included both oil painting and mixed media assemblage. Since 2014 I have mainly focussed on wooden sculpture and assemblage with occasional detours into conceptual territory. I was one of the founding members of 69 Smith St artist-run Gallery in Fitzroy in 1998. I currently volunteer at Yarra Sculpture Gallery. Over the last six years I have been a finalist and very occasional winner in various art prizes including The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, The Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Prize, The Substation Contemporary Art prize, The incinerator Art Award and the Yering Sculpture Exhibition and Awards. As I said, sculpture has been my focus of late but I would not be surprised if I return to painting in the future.
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