Open Air combines timelapse satellite imagery of Australia with macro photography of Australian painter Emma Walker, to the 2013 album 'Open' by The Necks. Media Artist Grayson Cooke has kindly provided his video work to entertain visitors waiting to see The Clock.
About the artists
Born in New Zealand and based in Australia, Grayson Cooke is an interdisciplinary scholar and media artist, Associate Professor of Media in the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Southern Cross University. Grayson has presented media art and live audio-visual performance works in Australia and internationally, exhibiting and performing in major international festivals such as the Japan Media Arts Festival, the WRO Media Art Biennale, the Imagine Science Film Festival in New York, VIDEOFORMES in France, and the Currents New Media festival in Santa Fe. As a scholar he has published widely in academic journals, and he is also co-editor of the scholarly journal “Transformations.” He holds an interdisciplinary PhD from Concordia University in Montreal
The Necks are one of the great cult bands of Australia. Chris Abrahams (piano), Tony Buck (drums), and Lloyd Swanton (bass) conjure a chemistry together that defies description in orthodox terms. Featuring lengthy pieces which slowly unravel in the most mesmerising fashion, frequently underpinned by an insistent deep groove, the eighteen albums by The Necks stand up to re-listening time and time again. The deceptive simplicity of their music throws forth new charms on each hearing. Not entirely avant-garde, nor minimalist, nor ambient, nor jazz, the music of The Necks is possibly unique in the world today.
Walker’s practice consistently engages with the natural world. An explorer at heart Walker has informed her visual language through extensive travel and an inbuilt desire to constantly engage with the world around her. Walker’s paintings are multi-layered, being as much about the medium of paint and the process of painting as with an experience of the Australian landscape and the world of nature. Walker studied at the National Art School where she completed a diploma of Fine Arts 1993. In 2000 she returned to NAS and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Walker is represented by Arthouse Gallery in Sydney and has held numerous exhibitions in both Sydney and Melbourne. Her work features in several major public and corporate collections including Macquarie Bank, The Australian Club, Grafton Regional Gallery, Lismore Regional Gallery, Tweed Regional Gallery, Bond University and the Gold Coast City Gallery, in addition to various private collections in Australia, Indonesia, The Netherlands, Hong Kong, United Kingdom and The United States. In 2014 Walker won the prestigious JADA drawing prize. Walker is also a director, co-founder and teacher at The Byron School of Art