Henry Jock Walker, Jon Campbell, Tristan Kerr, Sam Songailo, Atlanta Eke, Andrew Treloar, Che Chorley LOCALS ONLYOpening: Wednesday 9 November, 6-8pm Dates: 9 - 26 November 2016
Jon Campbell, Sam Songailo, Andrew Treloar, Tristan Kerr (kerzy), and I all went on an adventure! Driving west from Melbourne everyone was pumped, humming along in a big bus down the highway. Andy opened up a suit case full of fluro ‘Piping Hot’ surf wear straight from the late eighties, we all played dress ups. Kerzy jumped out the window and precariously swung in a harness like a pendulum on the outside of the bus, painting large gold leaf lettering on the side of the bus that read… TINNED RAVIOLI BAGUeTTE. Inside Campbell was strumming his guitar, serenading us a with a rad up beat song called ‘Fuck Yeah’. Passing through Juk there was a lady in a mustard wetsuit, wearing a gorilla mask, the bus slowed down, she pounced through a window, it was Atlanta Eke she had gorilla masks for everyone in the bus.
The bus stopped for a cup of tea at the Wardle’s beach bungalow in Anglesea. The entourage sipped on the hot tea through their new gorilla identity, while enjoying panoramic views over the southern ocean and surf beach. The spatial journey through the BUNGALOW from arrival to view increased our anticipation before reaching the loft bed. The loft bed was a portal into a dark tunnel, you became acutely aware of a number of twists and folds along its length, it made way into a hyper colour, geometric pattern infinity. It felt like we fell deep into some kind of super computer. In there some where the gang managed to find a lift… we all crammed in to get back to ground floor. The ground floor was Caves Beach near New Castle. In the cave there was this alien like human wearing a unicorn bathing suit she was closely studying the inside textures of the caves. Her eyes were very captivating, she gave us a border collie, we called the Border Collie James Dodd and gave him a gorilla mask too. James Dodd’s eyes were incredible sources of light he led us right through the tunnel, we came out into a big shed out the back of Tjutjuna (Ceduna) Arts and Culture Centre. In the shed a way over life sized Blue Swimmer Crab was being created out of beach debris by people from the Mirning, Gugada and Wirangu language groups.
Henry Jock Walker’s practice explores possibilities of surfing, painting and performance through a range of collaborations, socially inclusive events and processes. Henry will be co-creating, performing and collaging a range of new works for presentation at BUS Projects with his friends on the BUS.
After completing honours at the Victorian College of Art, Melbourne 2011, Henry has been prolifically performing and exhibiting in Artist Run Spaces nationally. Including a solo/team shows at First Draft Gallery in Sydney, Sawtooth ARI, Constance, Tasmania, Witch Meat ARI, Brisbane, TCB art inc, Rearview Gallery and West Space as part of the Next Wave Festival, Melbourne, Felt Space, Fontanelle, Adelaide.
We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which this presentation will exist: the Wurundjeri people and Elders past and present of the Kulin nations.
This project is supported by Arts South Australia and the South Australian Government.