2019 – Week 14

Quiet week recuperating from the residency, and working on my grant application.

I checked out a bunch of welding machines, and the prices are far more reasonable than I’d been expecting, which is making the whole process a lot more doable.

It rained on and off all week, including this starting just as I arrived at a spot with convenient shelter. So I sat for a few minutes while it played itself out.

Afterwards, I went down to the river again to shoot some post-storm images.

2019 – Week 13

The final week of my residency, and two of the guest artists managed to create finished works:

The week ended checking out my TIG welding skills, on both stainless steel and aluminium. From the looks of things, it seems a lot of my previous problems were down to having gloves that were too thick, which the TAFE instructor hadn’t noticed in the catastrophic garbage course I’d done previously.

2019 – Week 12

Monday, I was drenched during my bike ride, attempting to outrun a storm.

The Drenchening.

This storm, to be precise. Soon after taking this photo, the leading edge, with all its lightning was overtaking me. As I got onto the flat ground for the last 10 minutes to home, the rain started. By the time I pulled into the carport, I was wet to the skin.

After the storm, I went out to grab a few post-storm images by the river:

The middle of the week was mostly occupied with grant-writing.

Thursday & Friday saw guest artists brought in to my Noosa Mnemonic project. The first session for each was an introduction to the technology, and the application they’ll be working in. The goal is they’ll use next week to really get stuck in to work on their location, and hopefully join up with the Makerspace to finish their pieces off in their own time.

2019 – Week 11

My second week of residency, and the final one of creating work. Things went nicely – I recoloured the entire project, changing the firework explosion, as well as all the environmental lighting.

On the final day, I rebuilt the lifeguard’s tower.

Noosa Mnemonic

My latest residency project with Noosa Library Service.

The overall goal was to get multiple artists, starting with me, to recreate their favourite places in Noosa, purely from memory. Each artist will create the location within Virtual Reality, using an application called Tilt Brush, from Google.

Once the places were all created, the goal is to incorporate all of them into a single read-only VR environment, which will have its default state as a 3D topographical map of Noosa.


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2019 – Week 10

Some time working on my next grant application, and some bike riding. Thursday and Friday were spent on Week 1 of my new residency project.

The really interesting news was from chatting with one of the staff about my upcoming residency, and what I planned on doing. He asked how much I was budgeting on spending on welding training, and then mentioned that he’d been teaching and assessing welding for something like 20 years.

Holy Crap!

I’d been planning on this byzantine process of travel down to Brisbane, and hideously expensive training, this guy is offering to do it for about half the price, and lives about 10 minutes away.

So, with that in mind, my grant application is looking a lot healthier.

2019 – Week 9

I’ve been accepted into Swell Sculpture Festival 2019.

Woah.

Not that I should be shocked – I was trained for this, and I have some good works sitting around in storage, just waiting to be seen. However, it’s a thrill nonetheless, and ensures I don’t have a gap in my exhibition record this year. The work I’ll be exhibiting is There. which also has a small companion piece, so I can exhibit in the small sculpture part of the exhibition as well.

The exhibition is in September, so I have some lead time, but there’s some significant work to do – I need to perform some repairs to the work where a weld has popped, and then brace that weld invisibly. I know what needs to be done, I just don’t have the studio space to do it. Hopefully I can convince a local fabrication company to help me with it, in exchange for a sponsorship.

2019 – Week 8

Had a bit of a blow for the next VR residency project, the technical person I’d hoped to bring on board isn’t going to fit within the project’s budget. It’s a shame, but after the last year’s set of high stress, low return projects dumped my health into the ground, I think I’m going to play this one a bit less emotionally committed. I’ve presented the idea, handed it over to the people who’ll manage it, I’ll do my part, but I can’t afford to become emotionally involved in it overall.

Locally, it’s been interesting here the past week – the tail end of a cyclone has been hitting us, and beaches have been closed after 40 people were rescued here in one day alone.

Pole in the distance, same one posted 3 weeks ago.

The storm surge has coincided with massive high tides, which have resulted in signs warning of salt water on the roads. It really is a different thing to be living in a glorified marshland.

Normally high and dry, the river mouth sandbar has been completely immersed.

 

My camera tests are continuing, and I think it’s reached a point where it seems to be pretty reliable, I feel like I’m circling around where the solution may be.

2019 – Week 7

More futzing around with house sale stuff, and solicitors (who are allegedly working for us) who dress up ultimatums as requests.

Things seem to be on track for the VR residency, we’ve got a developer who’s keen to help out with training library staff, but we have to find a way to fund him.

I spent a bit of time messing around with camera stuff, still chasing down the autofocus gremlins that seem to plague me – it’s a hard one to figure out.

I also spent some time wandering along the beach following one of the local leopard rays.

2019 – Week 6

A quiet week of administrative stuff regarding the sale of my father’s house, then a weekend in Brisbane, for medical appointments.