BRUCE BAY AND BEYOND
(Images courtesy John Dahlsen and Estate of Fred Williams, as well as the Estate of Made Wianta) "Tide Line' photographic images featured above by Don Hill 2015 to 2021 Bruce Bay New Zealand and Nudgee Beach, Brisbane, Queensland."You Yangs Landscape'
. Fred Williams 1963 Art Gallery of New South Wales and Estate of Fred Williams Oil Paint on Masonite, 137.0 x 180.3cm"Beach Detail 2"
John Dahlsen 2019 Found plastics, resin (sustainable plant based), oil on primed Belgian linen 183cm x 183cm"Pacific Garbage Patch #6
. John Dahlsen 2018 Found plastics, resin (sustainable plant based), chalk, primed Belgian linen 183cm x 183cm
This current Adventure in Art began in 2015 at Bruce Bay on the South Island of New Zealand some 40 kilometres South of Fox Glacier.I was struck by the profound visual of sculptured forms in wood, light, sand and sea.Sadly Bruce Bay as it was is no more as it has been transformed into a new road utilizing the forms that were there into a retaining and rock wall to hold back the sea from the new road.Nothing of the old beach can be recognized or has been left as it was in the past.The original contact which I stumbled upon by accident in 2015 became an Epiphany and I began to take photos with no concern for time, weather or where I was on that day/s. All that counted was the recording of forms and shapes on this beach.“This Beach that is No More’.For me it was discovery. A new Journey. It became an Exploration of Abstract forms in Nature.
Close up and Face to Face.
No name, No tracks, No trace, No involvement, No damage or clutter. Just sculptured raw forms.
Bruce Bay Featured in my first book "Accellerator' in which I presented an ideal world except in the piece "Driven". I believe this piece has relevance as it did not arrive at Bruce Bay via wheels. It was washed ashore at some stormy interval.
This second Book "Tide Line" is a collaboration with Artist John Dahlsen and examines the impact of Weather, Wind, Tide and Waves without influence of Humans on this fragile Coastline and also displays and involves John’s major works of the Pacific Vortex "Garbage Patch', "Detail Series’ and other Subjects.
Presenting natural Beach sculpture and Micro Landscape Works the Photo images were captured on location at Hunts Beach, Gillespie Beach and other places that hold a wealth of Debris and Form.
All of the works are now titled.
I have never set out to deliver a Statement about Environmental concerns nor do I need to. Just to document and observe in the Present is enough.
A discovery.Don Hill
In 2015 I took my second trip back to New Zealand after an absence of eight years.
This came about as a holiday but turned into a point of discovery in the South Island when I encountered an area called Bruce Bay thirty or so kilometers south of Fox Glacier.
Bruce Bay at that time was covered in debris which had been washed out of the rivers and finally deposited on it's shore.
The continual churning of the waves and battering of these objects had the effect of turning them into natural sculptures.
During the trip I had taken pretty photos of most of the areas that I had visited so there is probably a wealth of similar shots taken by people around the globe.
On arrival at Bruce Bay I was stunned by the landscape.
This was something I had never encountered before as it spoke to me, an epiphany if you like.
I remember the morning as it was very cold and the area was inhabited by large sand flies that were happy to take chunks out of your skin.
This in mind the cold and insects did not defeat me and I took multiple photos with my battered old Fuji camera which had pretty much been everywhere on the planet with me.
Later on I googled images of Bruce Bay and yes there were some panoramas but not a single photograph of the sculptured debris that I discovered there.Pictured Photographic Works
: South Island West Coast and Nudgee Beach "Tide Line', "Accelerator' Photography by Don Hill between 2015 - 2021.Pictured Work
by John Dahlsen "Detail Series' Found plastics, resin (sustainable plant based), Belgian linen 183cm x 183cm 2018Pictured
: Fred Williams "(1927-1982)
"You Yang's landscape ' (1963) oil on Masonite, 137.0 x 180.3cm
Courtesy and thanks to Lyn Williams and the Estate of Fred Williams for the use of images of his works.Pictured
: Made Wianta (1949-2020) "Air Pollution' 2014 Courtesy Estate of Made Wianta
In Tide Line
. Arts Writer, Journalist and Master of Arts, Yuliana Kusumastuti
Muses the similarities between Johns found Micro Plastics and Fred Williams Oil painted landscapes as well as examples of works by Made Wianta."Air Pollution'
by Made Wianta 2014. Collection of the Singapore Art Museum. Motorcycle exhaust pipes, stainless pipe 250 x 300 x 300 cm
Dr John Dahlsen