Features artists with works in the St John of God Murdoch Hospital Art Collection. In this Episode: From his cluttered studio at the University of Western Australia, to the unusual home he built in the Perth Hills, Hans Arkeveld talks about his work in the collection, emigrating from Holland as a child, and his father being forced to work for the Gestapo.
Created by the Artist’s Chronicle for St John of God Murdoch Hospital.
In this edition, we feature Perth and Singapore-based artist Matthew Ngui, whose major commission Every Point of View, from the Singapore Art Museum, is on show at Fremantle Arts Centre from the end of July until 17 September. The 2015 work marks 50 years of independence in Singapore, and comes direct from the Museum where it has just concluded its debut.
The work investigates perceptions about democracy through fields of pvc pipes bearing anamorphic text (only visible from one standpoint). The text consists of collected statements about democracy from a cross-section of Singaporeans. Overlaid with audio of Singaporean politicians voicing their opinions on democracy, the work is highly interactive - speak into the pipes and you can be heard in another room. The timing of an exhibition examining democracy couldn’t be more appropriate, with Australians just having voted and the UK populace voting to leave the EU.
Jo Pickup visited Success Gallery in Fremantle and found an exciting newcomer to WA’s contemporary art scene - located deep below the old Myer building in Fremantle.
And at the Moores Building in Fremantle, Call of the Sea is one of many events this year celebrating Dirk Hartog’s landfall in WA 400 years ago. Dutch artists - some based in the Netherlands, others, migrants to Perth - joined forces with local artists to present a diverse range of artworks addressing the theme: ‘call of the sea.’
We visited local artist Richard Woldendorp (whose work is in Call of the Sea) and his wife Lyn. They share the recipe for his favourite Dutch food. Now 89, Woldendorp’s memories of his formative years include many, many meals with potatoes. I’m told he still refuses to eat them with the skin on!
The Artist’s Chronicle is pleased to announce a partnership with St John of God Murdoch Hospital bringing art directly to patients’ rooms though the first television channel for patients within a hospital in Western Australia.
A cornerstone of the project is Makers: the artists, their work, their lives, a series of 30 minute programs created by the Artist’s Chronicle bringing to life artworks within the SJGMH art collection. The score for the series has been created by Audio Chemistry in Melbourne.
The project has been approved by the Documentary Australia Foundation, and builds on scientific studies around the world finding art heals by changing a person’s physiology from stress to deep relaxation, changing brain wave patterns, affecting the nervous system, hormonal balance and brain neurotransmitters.
The Artist’s Chronicle has worked closely with SJGMH Arts Manager Connie Petrillo to bring the project to fruition. By conducting research into the effects of the Makers series on patients we hope to put forward strong evidence for changes in the manner patients currently receive visual care to key organisations such as the Australia Council on Healthcare Standards.
Artists such as Hans Arkeveld, Tony Jones, Janis Nedela, Jillian Green and photographer Frances Andrijich will feature in the series.