Our band The Don Johnson/Butlers are busy rehearsing and producing for our first recording foray. A quick snippet from last years Dead Roots Festival. Keep an ear to the ground for some fresh new work.
Sense/Place – new sound works produced by me (Nicholas Mills), as part of my solo exhibition of the same name – (Canopy Art Centre, Cairns, Aust. – 21 Apr-3rd May 2015).
These works were built from a body of sounds recorded during rehearsals and performances of the improvisation trio, The Presentation.
The source sounds were created live by me during The Presentation sessions (2014) at Arthouse, and there are a number of audio artifacts present on the recordings from sound collaborators, PNG artist Markham Galut (PNG drums, voice) and Kai Kabi Aboriginal man Darren Blackman (percussion, didgeridoo).
Sense/Place – Apr 21st – May 2nd
Canopy Art Centre – 124 Grafton St, Cairns. Opening: Tues 21st Apr, from 6.00pm >> live performance by Zane Saunders, Rebecca Youdell, and Darren Blackman with Nicholas Mills.
Kicked out of art school (Victoria College, Prahran) in the mid-80’s, Nicholas Mills has continued to express himself through a ‘painters lens’: applying this framework to a broad diversity of solo and collaborative outputs.
Sense/Place explores a series of personal threads that form a continuum in the maker’s life. Paired back from a larger body of work made over some 6 years, the video, sound works and paintings will present a very particular dichotomy: a sense of being embedded in the landscape, and yet distant.
Arthouse recently coordinated and curated the Leydin’s Discovery exhibition at Canopy Art Centre in Cairns. Attached is a Time-lapse of the opening by Mr M. Riller.
As you may or may not know, the independent artspace I have been running, Arthouse, is having to close its doors after some 4+ years of critical cultural development.
Art spaces such as Arthouse are inevitably, rare and temporary, and they usually occupy older buildings at the end of their life. While I acknowledge this fact when taking on a building such as this, its always a curious and unsettling time when given the heave-ho.
Currently in Brisbane for Brisbane Fringe Festival, with 2 shows: the verbatim theatre work Cherry Tree Creek playing at the Judith Wright Centre over 2 nights on Wed 20th & Thu 21st Aug, and the bogan funk band The Don Johnson/Butlers, playing The New Globe Theatre on Fri 22nd Aug. Brisvegas will never be the same. Big word up to great friend Sam Tupou for his hospitality at Poly Gone Cowboy.
Off to Adelaide for the Adelaide Festival, Fringe Festival and Womadelaide. A range of Zane Saunders and my video/audio works are represented at Four Rooms, an exhibition curated by Troy-Anthony Bayliss, at Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, as part of the visual arts program for the Adelaide Festival. Very excited to be visiting the city of churches again at this critical time of year.
Friends, our Mixed Grill ‘Welcome to Swampland’ show, featuring the King of Bass – FreQ Nasty, and a host of deep North artists, was a huge success.
Click image for show gallery.
Indeed our largest crowd at Arthouse. From Traditional PNG hut making and weaving to cutting edge bass music, to fresh new pacific indie roots to Dabul’s delicious fresh coconut, bread fruit and ibeka dish…….
Click image for hut-making gallery.