Carl Fairweather at Vital Transformations Mauri Ora
- Black Box Emergency ( What the Frack !), 2012 – vital transformations
- Your Soul Is Made in China, 2012 – vital transformations
- Albert Einstein Blues ( Fukushima Slight Return ) – 2012 vital transformations
These 3 works all deal with environmental issues confronting our planet via the medium of assemblage ( boxed philosophy protest’s )
Black Box Emergency is dealing with our addiction to Fossil fuels on a local and global level via Fracking and the consumption of oil and the disregard for the effect it is having on our planet.
Your Soul is made in China deals with consumerism, the nature of the Bargain, How there is an environmental /social footprint to the things we buy.
And the Albert Einstein Blues deals with the nuclear issue, the elephant in the room with regards to sources of energy, it’s safe until the Earth shakes.
I consider these works to be the opposite of advertising, I’m not trying to sell you something, I’m trying to tell you something.
Carl Fairweather is a mixed media artist living in Hawera, Taranaki, N.Z, who likes to play with and mix up different mediums.His current art practice involves something he likes to call ‘ Op Shop Alchemy’.
He hunts the local op shops looking for objects both 2D & 3D that have a certain essence to them, a quality of coolness.
In the studio with music playing loudly, he does a creative/intellectual shuffle with the found objects that in the end creates a visual poem that asks questions, illuminates universal truths or just illustrates the big mystery we call life.
Water, Peace, Power
This project explores the kaupapa of peace and the connection between water and peace. How does water connect to peace? How can the flow of wai – water – lead to peace? How can connection to who we are, to each other and the earth lead to peace for everyone and everything?
So this work will be a collaboration with other artists and consists of large moving mandala projections at night time coupled with sound created from elements of nature and a waiata composed specifically for these projections. Each element of the work is important and will contribute to the overall kaupapa of water and peace.
The idea is that the audience will experience this work with all their senses. Visually the mandala will perhaps send them off into a trance (subliminal) captivating them, perhaps some will want to move, others may just stare, perhaps some may be moved to tears as the waiata in the background projects sound out from the mandala and into the night. For others, it may spark conversation with those standing around them.
The audience will become co-collaborators as the mandalas visually coupled with sound and waiata send energy out that moves people. That is the idea behind this work – to move people, to move people to change, to move people emotionally because that is how change happens, to move people into action for peace through re-connection to self, to each other and the earth.
Note: kaupapa according to Maoridictionary.co.nz is a noun that means “topic, policy, matter for discussion, plan, scheme, proposal, agenda, subject, programme, theme.” Kaupapa is often used in reference to a policy or approach to an activity or idea.
"My art is an extension of me. It extends into all areas of my life. I have a passion for life and love and caring for the earth. Everything I create has a reason - sometimes that reason is just to be honouring the creativity within me."