Saturday, 29 July 2017

Chapter III: New work 2017/2018

Glad to be back in the studio working on a new suite of drawings that will form Chapter III on my ongoing long-form project, A history of wind. The idea at this stage is to double hang these drawings when I exhibit them as an immersive drawing installation. My self imposed deadline is August 2018.

When I showed the first two chapters at CCAS (Manuka) earlier this year, one of my unexpected tasks (I sat the show during its two week run) was to regularly let visitors know that there is no painting element to my work.  My grey drawings are executed on top of green drawings which are rendered on white archival watercolour paper. The first image located above documents the beginning of two green drawings which I will layer up with multiple layers of green until the green is deemed off gamut.

Technical notes:
Paper: Saunders Waterford 356 gsm (HP), 100% cotton, acid free
Size: 66x 101.6cm
Archival watercolour pencils (undiluted)

Additional notes: On a recent visit home, I came across my Mother's copy of W.G. Sebald's The rings of Saturn. The photos below documents my Mother's and my copy of this book.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Exhibition documentation: A history of wind, Chapter I & II

Installation shot at Canberra Contemporary Art Space, ACT. Chapter I of this long form project, The tree would only be found at higher altitudes is comprised of 7 large scale works.  Each drawing measures 150cm x 100cm. All documentation: Brenton McGeachie.
[Tip: Click on each image (below) if you would like to see a smaller sized documentation shot.]

Chapter II: Echo is similar to the drawings in Chapter I, in that these drawings are also diaristic, in that they measure a particular time. When I commenced these drawing I originally thought that they might be shown as couplets, as aural fingerprints. However, as the underlying narrative that drove these works unfolded, so did my want to keep pushing the boundaries of this work. There are 54 echo drawings in this chapter. The wind wxx cxxxx hxx vxxxx axxx.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Conceptual rational: A history of wind + updated CV+ notes

India Zegan
A history of wind

Canberra Contemporary Art Space Manuka
25 May – 4 June, 2017

A history of wind is an ongoing long-form project which commenced in late 2015. This diaristic project proposes and investigates slow-building wild-weather events. It is an exploration of agency and the incremental shifts of knowledge that assist the migrant, refugee, or sailor who passes through unchartered and unfamiliar waters. This exhibition presents the first two chapters of this project.

Chapter 1: The tree would only be found at higher altitudes (2015- 2016), is made up of seven large-scale drawings. This suite of drawings envisions a sea voyage in which a vessel’s compass has ceased working as it nears the magnetic equator. To steer us through unknowable waters, these allegorical works imagine an encyclopedic study of cloud patterns. The waxy and heavily built up surfaces of these drawings reference the oilcloth sails that sailors once used to catch and harness the wind.

Chapter 2: Echo (2016- 2017), is made up of fifty-four interrelated drawings that suggest an additional syntax of navigation – echolocation or acoustic wayfinding – the sounding of location and objects through auditory cues. These drawings document the ensuing echoes and their aural fingerprints; they also chart the trajectory of time.

India Zegan
May 2017


India Zegan is a Sydney based conceptual artist working across sculpture, drawing and installation. She has recently been a finalist in the Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize (2017) and Fishers Ghost (2016 & 2015). Previous solo exhibitions: Museum of Fathers, Factory 49 (2015); Black ice, Factory 49 (2014), Schmatte, First Draft (2004). Selected group exhibitions: Scoring Patti Smith, Affiliated Text, Cross Art Books, (2015); F Generation: Feminisim, Art, Progressions, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne University (2015); Notes to a Future Feminist Archive, Affiliated Text (2015); Daisy Chain, Marrickville Garage (2014), Feral, Articulate Project Space (2014); Redfern Biennale (2014); Fair Isle, Articulate Project Space (2014); The Survey Show, Clandulla State Gallery (2014); Closer, Articulate Upstairs (2013); 20/20, Robert Lake and Jon Frum Foundation at Damien Minton Gallery (2012); Site/Unseen, First Draft (2003) and Cells, a site specific installation at the Former Children’s Court, Albion Street, Surry Hills (2001). Essay: Lynne Barwick, India Zegan’s Museum of Fathers:

India completed her BVA (Hons) at Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney University (1998). As an undergraduate she was the recipient of the John Ewan Frazer Bursary (1997), the Thomas Walker Bursary (1997), and an AGNSW Basil and Muriel Hooper Scholarship (1996). India completed an MA in Art Admin at CoFA, UNSW in 2005. Residencies include the NSW Ministry for the Arts Gunnery Studio Residency (2005/6) and Bundanon Trust (2005).  Other grants include: CoFA GAS Grant (2003) and NSW Ministry for the Arts Marketing Grant (2000). This exhibition is India Zegan’s first solo exhibition in Canberra. 


Notes: I'm very glad that I took the gamble to show these works in Canberra. The warm and generous atmosphere in Canberra reminds me of the arts scene in Adelaide where I grew up. I will be uploading installation shots shortly.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

A history of wind, Chapter II: 'Echo' (2016- 2017 )

Studio shot: marks that slipped off  the page
In a bid to extend my audience, I've decided to present my next solo show at Cancberra's CAS's Manuka exhibition space. Show opens next Thursday, 25th May and runs until 4 June. If you are reading this blog, and live within the vicinity of Canberra, please consider yourself very warmly invited to attend the opening that commences at 6pm on the 25th.

For this exhibition, I will be presenting two new chapters of work that belong to my new project, A history of wind (2015- ). Both chapters, The tree would only be found at higher altitudes (2015-2016) and Echo (2016-2017), have not been publicly displayed before.

My decision to present my work in Canberra is based on two extremely enjoyable work trips that I made to Canberra in 2016. The first was to visit ANU's Drill Hall Gallery to see the group show 'Re-purpose', which included a new suite of 12+ works by the Sydney based artist, Nicole Ellis.

My second involved a visit to a private house-museum and the NGA. The aim for Day 1 of this visit was to gain an understanding of this fine tuned private collection of Australian and International conceptual art, and to see their then current Lawrence Weiner exhibition in their project space. The scope of this private collection brings to mind encyclopedic collections of conceptual art held in Kunsthalles.
Day 2 of this visit also enabled me to visit various galleries at the NGA, including Rose Nolan's impressive installation, and to quietly contemplate the galleries' homage to the Australian artist, Bea Maddock, who died last year.

I am looking forward to packing up the works on Tuesday for Canberra. This will then leave my walls 'free', ready to start the next body of work that I've already firmly mapped out. My aim is to get a firm start on this new expanded suit of drawings before the stuff of another studio move descends later on this year.......

Other nice things: Will try to visit squeeze in a visit to the site specific James Turrell work at the NGA with two friends who have not seen it.

Friday, 27 January 2017

Summer 2017

Due to the extreme and protracted summer heat wave in Sydney (35 degrees+), I've spent most of the summer attending to studio based administration for upcoming projects.

1. I have been selected to be one of the finalist for the Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize, 2017. I have submitted a large scale automatic drawing.

Exhibition dates: February 24- 24 March.  

The Adelaide Perry Gallery is located at:
'The Croydon', Centre for Art, Design and Technology
Presbyterian Ladies College
Corner Hennessy and College Street, Croydon

Public transport: Catch either the T1 or T2 train and get off at Croydon Station (first stop after Ashfield). The gallery is an 8 minute walk from the train station.

2. My next solo show, The History of Wind, opens at Canberra Contemporary Art Space (CCAS, Manuka) on 24 May. Show runs until 4th June.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Finalist: Fisher's Ghost

Glad to be a finalist in this year's 'Fisher's Ghost Art Prize' at CAC. Exhibition runs until December 15, 2016.