Liz Coats, Strange Attractors a (detail), 205, acrylic on board 60 x 50 cm. Image courtesy of the artist
To be opened by Professor Brian P. Schmidt AC, ANU Vice-Chancellor
Supported by funding from the Vice-Chancellor, this innovative five year scheme aims to promote collaborative research between disciplines in the University. It is the first of its kind in an Australian University, and demonstrates the high regard in which visual arts and practice-led research is held at ANU.
The following artists and collaborators have participated in 2015 VCCAF Scheme.
Dr Liz Coats
Liz Coats is a recent PhD graduate from ANU School of Art Painting Workshop. She has collaborated with Associate Professor Krisztina Valter-Kocsi, ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, in an exploration of the physiology and function of colour vision. Layered transparent and semi-transparent colour arrays in painting, can appear to shift in and out of visual focus and vary in intensity and hue. Liz Coats relates these effects to the known physiology of vision, while seeking out language that accords with an artist’s direct experience. Colour abstraction are approached as an organic process of discovery, in which choices made during construction associate with perceptual depth in the colour field.
Installation view: Dr Liz Coats (left) & Matt Higgins (right)
Mr Matt Higgins
Matt Higgins is a recent graduate from ANU School of Art Photography and Media Arts Workshop. He has collaborated with Emeritus Professor Elmars Krausz, ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, based on their shared knowledge of traditional darkroom techniques, as well as Professor Krause’s current research interest in spectroscopy. Using the camera-less photographic technique known as the chemigram, Matt Higgins explores the urge to use chemical reactions to create images out of light. The chemigram provides an enchanting glimpse of the secret world of hidden chemistry, ever present but rarely seen, tantalisingly caught exposed in just one of its infinite possibilities.
Dr Steven Holland
Steven Holland is a recent PhD graduate from ANU School of Art Sculpture Workshop. He has collaborated with Professor J. Scott Keogh, Research School of Biology, ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment. Steven Holland explores connections between reptiles and amphibians and human cognition. Examining studies in the evolutionary relationship between primates, venomous snakes and the human neocortex, Steven Holland has developed new sculptures drawing on the symbolic linkages of snakes and humans in art, religion and psychology
Installation view: Dr Steven Holland
Dr Ivo Lovric
Ivo Lovric is a recent PhD graduate from ANU School of Art Photography and Media Arts Workshop. He has collaborated with Professor Margaret Thornton, ANU Public Policy Fellow at the ANU College of Law, based on their shared interest in education and the corporatisation of universities. Ivo Lovric’s project has involved the planning, design and production of a series of posters, which address the corporatisation, casualisation, and massification of higher education as well as the effects that these strategies are having on both students and staff.
Installation view: Dr Ivo Loric
Ms Carolyn Young
Carolyn Young is a doctoral candidate in the ANU School of Art Photography and Media Arts Workshop. She has collaborated with woodland ecologists Fenner Fellow Dr. Sue McIntyre and Associate Professor Adrian Manning (and his team) at the ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment. Her collaborators are involved in the Mulligans Flat-Goorooyarroo Woodland Experiment where the aim is to find ways of improving the box-gum grassy woodland for biodiversity. Carolyn has responded through photography to the ecological restoration experiments underway in Mulligans Flat.
Installation view: Carolyn Young