Philippa and I have just returned from Venice where an environmental artwork “Synergy” is exhibited as a finalist in the Arte Laguna Prize exhibition along with works by 115 other international artists from 30 countries. The exhibition opening and award ceremony was a glittering affair at the Arsenale Venice where we were one of ten finalists in the new Land Art category.
After a week exploring the history, beauty and art of Venice we travelled to Corsica where we explored the beauty of the mountains, granite rock climbing and hiking. The Corsican landscape is spectacular and in March is uncrowded if a little chilly.
Martin at the top of Arete de Zonza, a 12 pitch climb at Col de Bovella
Finally we went to an Accor luxury beach hotel Sofitel Hua Hin Thailand where 35 of our environmental artworks adorn the walls of 5 star rooms. My job: to sign them all.
Returning to our home in the mountains of New Zealand we are struck as always by the natural beauty of the landscape and reminded of how lucky we are to live and work here.
When a design publication as illustrious as Architectural Digest recently published our land art photographs, we were impressed.
Recognition at this international level is gratifying because it means that the regenerative design philosophy that underpins our art practice has finally become acceptable to the establishment.
Now the question is how long will it take for the old linear design philosophy to become obsolete?
iGNANT the global award winning art-design-architecture website selected some our works for a curated piece on their current weblog.
iGNANT has 500,000 visitors per month. Our work is reaching wider and wider audiences.
We hope this can be chanelled into action for positive environmental change.
The Creators Project from New York has profiled our recent work. The Creators Project is a global celebration of creativity, arts and technology. Launched in 2009 with Intel as founding partner, the platform features the works of “visionary artists across multiple disciplines who are using technology to push the boundaries of creative expression”.
Beckett Mufson, the associate editor was impressed with our “man-meets-nature images” and profiled our art practice featuring works from recent exhibitions in Australia, China and Europe.
COP21 The Paris Climate Summit agreement is a world first.
187 countries committing to aim for a reduction in their carbon emissions that hold global warming at no more than 1.5 degrees above pre industrial levels. This represents a watershed decision towards solving the climate crisis. However their total pledges will barely hold temperatures below 3 degrees of warming, which climate scientists agree will be catastrophic.
So this is where the really hard work begins. It signals the end of business as usual for the energy industries. Future investment will need to be compatible with a zero carbon world.
We were pleased to make our creative contribution towards the shift to a low carbon circular economy in line with nature, with images and the story of our 20 year art practice recognised in issue No.1 of Open Resource magazine. The magazine features innovative approaches to the resource revolution and circular economy that are so urgently needed by all nations.
You can learn about this revolution in a fluid form version of Open Resource magazine here.
We are hopeful that 2016 will mark a turning point in history when the world community recognises and acts upon its obligations towards protecting all future life.
Suez environment, a global resource management company headquartered in Paris
have chosen to showcase our work in a major bi-lingual specialised publication for the UN COP21 climate summit opening today.
Open Resource is a free publication exploring and sharing innovative thinking, research and actions towards resource effectiveness and the circular economy. This magazine, by sharing the voices and experiences of researchers, students, entrepreneurs and artists committed to addressing environmental challenges, aims to highlight innovative projects and initiatives.
Alpine Ice cycle was selected for the wrap around cover and a ten page article profiles our philosophy and work, featured in international exhibitions. 30,000 magazines are to be distributed to leading thinkers, universities, government departments, businesses and NGOs around the world.
It is our hope that the UN climate summit results in an international agreement to demanding reductions in green house gas emissions for a safe climate.
Our thanks to Suez environment is beyond words.
For Art Zone New Zealand Avenal McKinnon looks at Temporal Landscapes, on show in Beijing, China.
The breathtaking clarity of Martin Hill and Philippa Jones’ Wanaka-sourced Synergy, with a seemingly impossibly balanced circle of raupo stems, contrasted strikingly with the grey, industrial setting of Beijing’s 798 Art District. Their exhibition “Temporal Landscapes,” at the Inter Art Centre Gallery, curated by Na Risong, demonstrated the interest in China in these New Zealand Land artists – an interest which dates back to the Pingyao Photography Festival of 2014, when as part of the project “To Save a Forest” they received a Chinese award.
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Since exhibiting at Andorra Land Art Biennale and visiting Paris and the South of France in September, the horrific terrorist attacks have changed everything in Europe.
There is, however a great interest in our work in France with two projects under discussion as well as an article by Pascal Greboval in Kaizen magazine this month featuring our work and discussing the sustainable design philosophy that underpins it.
With the COP21 UN climate talks beginning shortly in Paris, the world is focussed on what may be achieved in the way of binding international agreements on reduction of green house gas emissions.
It is generally accepted that this is the last chance to get commitments from 190 governments to collaborate in averting this global threat caused by our unsustainable practices.
Although public marches are cancelled in Paris for now, the largest global movement in history is mobilising around the world to demand appropriate action on climate change.
We lend our support to all those engaged in this movement in the hope that our efforts will not be in vain.
Our exhibition ”Temporal Landscapes” curated by Na Risong, (on the right below) one of the leading photography gallery directors in China has resulted in great exposure of our work in China.
The fine multi language catalogue published by Inter Art Centre/Gallery and Pixel Press is available here: Inter Gallery Catalogue
International exhibitions executive Cui Ying ( on the left above) who did such a fine job arranging everything and graciously liaised with us, has sent this report:
“Your exhibition at Inter Gallery went very well and we had large audience visits to the exhibition during the National Day Holidays between 1 and 8 October. We have also welcomed the group of organisers from Lian Zhou Photo Festival and curator residency group from China Photographers Association today. The Digital Foto Magazine will also have a coverage about the exhibition in its coming issue.
“Also, we’ve got more than 27 pages of positive audience comments in the visitors book placed in the gallery. This is not usually achieved compared to our previous exhibitions.
“China’s influential website Tencent.com also covered the exhibition and posted the exhibiting works in their online gallery.
The post has 37,000 views and more than 170 comments up until the time I searched the page.
“The exhibition has also been covered by one of the main Chinese daily newspapers.”
Inter Art Centre/Gallery are retaining the exhibition works and will be showing them for a year at various photography festivals throughout China.
We have just returned from adventures in Europe and China, where we opened two exhibitions of our environmental art.
Andorra Land Art Biennale was the first of its kind and Philippa and I were there to open the international festival with Beyond: the Watershed, a stand alone exhibition of 27 large prints installed in the old historic city of Andorra la Vella. We gave a talk with an audio visual at the official opening which presented the body of work over 20 years and the sustainable design philosophy that underpins it. The presentation included the Fine Line Project preview to a packed auditorium and it was very well received.
We explored Andorra and the surrounding mountain valleys where many works were installed in the grand natural landscape. We were hosted by the organising team led by Pere Moles who put the festival together on a limited budget with volunteer help.
After a few days exploring the mountain villages and Cathar castles of the Pyrenees we headed to Paris where we were hosted by the owners of a famous chateau followed by a meeting with a large global corporation before the long flight to China for the opening of our exhibition there.
Curated by Na Risong at Inter Art Centre and Gallery in the 798 Art Zone Beijing, the exhibition was titled, Temporal Landscapes and installation of the framed prints and the videos was directed very professionally by Ying Cui who also translated the catalogue and wall texts into Chinese.
The opening was enlivened by the arrival of the Kiwi contingent led by John B Turner and Ian McDonald who had arrived back from Pingyao International Photography Festival. We all dined together with Inter Gallery staff and visited the Gao Brothers Studio which was an inspiring experience.
The next day we had a public talk/discussion with Lu Guang the multi award winning documentary photographer who has powerfully exposed the environmental degradation currently happening in China.
With invitations to go back to Paris and China next year we are overwhelmed with work on new proposals and excited by the adventurous possibilities they may bring.