Entwine, artist-book

Preview a selection of pages from Entwine, my new open edition artist-book. Featuring 80 pages of documentation photographs from my temporal site-sensitive installation Sentinel 2007-2008, at Stonehurst Cedar Creek Vineyards Wollombi, Hunter Valley NSW. This installation of red yarn interwoven into grapevine trellises formed a pulse of rhythm and repetition. My documentation photographs follow the vines growth into lush living tunnels completely enveloping the trajectories of thread that eventually died back to reveal the red yarn beneath. Entwine navigates cycles of growth and decline as stretching strands reach out tracking seasonal cycles, echoing Ariadne’s thread leading through the Cretan labyrinth.

Buy a copy online here or at Gaffa Galleries (281 Clarence St, Sydney), Retrospect Galleries (52 Jonson St, Byron Bay) or A Coffee and a Yarn (413 King Street, Newtown).

Kath Fries retains the copyright of all images and text in this artist-book.

Sirens' Song - Byron Bay, 26 June - 11 July 2010

In ancient Greek mythology Sirens were seductive dangerous bird-women, whose beautiful singing lured passing sailors into dangerous waters. These strands of feathers echo the Sirens' wings, indicating our inability to heed warnings of environmental catastrophe.

Images: Kath Fries, Sirens' Song - Byron Bay, 2010, feathers and nylon in a pandanas tree, dimensions variable.

ArtsCape Bienniale 26 June - 11 July 2010
an exhibition of environmental sculpture 
Clarkes Beach Reserve, Byron Bay.

There is endless appeal in the essentially symbiotic relationship between the host landscape and the guest sculpture, each complimenting and enhancing the other. With every change of surrounding light, shadow and movement, a new image forms, unique to that moment in time and adding a temporal dimension for the observer to enjoy.
—Julian Beaumont, 2010

Facetnate Finalist Exhibition - September 2010

As one of three finalists in the 2010 Japan Foundation's Facenate Emerging Artist Grant Program, in September I'll be exhibiting Grove, a multimedia installation playing with notions of internal and external spaces, bringing the outside within. Exploring possibilities of locating magical possibilities within what may at first appear to be ordinary and common; chicken feathers, mirrors and bamboo. The work suggests a sense of timelessness and reflection conjured by memories of moonlight.

My point of departure for this installation is the oldest surviving Japanese work of fiction, the 10th Century fairytale ‘Tale of the Bamboo Cutter’, drawing on universal human experiences of time, aging, attachment and loss.

Grove, 8 - 30 September 2010

The Japan Foundation Gallery

Level 1, Chifley Plaza, Sydney

Facetnate! is a grant program designed to support emerging visual artists whose work is strongly influenced by Japan by assisting three finalists to present solo exhibitions at the Japan Foundation Galley Sydney.

Kath Fries, installation view, 2008, bamboo, feathers, DVD projection, mirrors and charcoal on walls