SUGAR MOUNTAIN, Australia’s newest music and arts festival, is pleased to announce its visual art programming for the 2012 Festival.
Sugar Mountain will take over the Melbourne CBD over multiple days in January 2012, with the main event taking place at The Forum Theatre on Saturday 14 January 2012. The Festival will also utilise Federation Square, No Vacancy Gallery and ACMI to showcase a marvellous array of local and international creative talent.
Music acts Deerfoof, Tune-Yards, Shabazz Palaces, Thee Oh Sees, John Maus, Julianna Barwick, Sun Araw, Prince Rama and World’s End Press have already been announced for the 2012 Sugar Mountain Festival, with more music to be announced.
Curated by artist and festival creative director Pete Keen, Sugar Mountain’s visual arts line-up showcases a selection of truly talented local and international art makers.
We are pleased to announce that the following artists have been commissioned to exhibit at the Sugar Mountain Festival in January 2012:
VINCENT MOON (FRANCE) – real name Mathieu Sura – is known the world over for his revolutionary music videos. Moon has worked with a number of impressive musicians including Arcade Fire, Clogs, Sylvain Chauveau, Barzin, The National, Sufjan Stevens, Beirut, Grizzly Bear and Mogwai, and along with collaborator Chryde is responsible for the Take Away Shows project, a series of outdoor documentaries consisting of improvised video sessions with musicians from around the world. In four years, Moon has managed to shoot over two hundred music video clips and has also worked on various projects including a movie essay on The National; a 76 minute movie about Arcade Fire; Beirut’s La Blogotheque and a gonzo film on the ATP Festival. Moon’s 2009 his film La Faute Des Fleurs won the Sound & Vision Award at the Copenhagen International Documentary Festival. Exploring new forms and territories, Vincent Moon has now been on the road for more than two years, exploring the world with a camera in his backpack. Moon is currently working on a new project, Petites Planetes, a compilation of audiovisual recordings from his travels. Moon also deals with visionary notions about images, society and new technologies on his blog (fiumenights.com).
MAYA HAYUK (USA) is obsessed with symmetry and nourishing colour, played out in what might be views from the Hubble Telescope, airbrushed nail art, Ukrainian Easter eggs, chandeliers, mandalas, rorschach tests and/or holograms. Embracing sexuality and spirituality via symbolism evocative of radiantly woven geometries and beckoning parted orifices of the body, Hayuk’s work attempts to decode a process towards continuity and wholeness while striking chords of pathological optimism. Along with her massive installations, Hayuk frequently collaborates with other artists and musicians. Her work has been exhibited and published extensively in galleries, museums, on the streets and in various printed and electronic media around the world. At Sugar Mountain 2012, Hayuk will join forces with Kyle Ranson to transform the inside foyer of the Forum Theatre. Together they will collaborate to create a grand and explosively colourful entrance to the Festival.
With an encouraging hippie mother, KYLE RANSON (USA) began to draw and paint in early childhood. In 1994 Ranson moved to San Francisco and became a part of the underground punk scene, and has slowly become a pillar of the San Francisco art world. Kyle has created large-scale installations, exhibited his works in New York, London, Barcelona and Brussels, and has had several solo shows in San Francisco. Ranson’s intensely intricate works embrace the dualities of man. Embarking on biblical and mythological themes, his works seek to remind us of the archetypes of our true nature. These dualities are often described within oscillations between figurative and abstract worlds where humans both intertwine and are overwrought in a violent blending of flora and fauna. At Sugar Mountain 2012, Ranson will join forces with Maya Hayuk to transform the inside foyer of the Forum Theatre. Together they will collaborate to create a grand and explosively colourful entrance to the Festival.
BEN BARRETTO (PERTH) adds performance and sound to art-historical ideas of painting, drawing and sculpture. Baretto uses lo-fi technology, DIY building equipment and vibrant, commodity colour to update process-based action painting. His works are often ‘assisted’, produced by mechanised structures built by Barretto and sometimes exhibited as installations. Baretto was recently selected as a visiting scholar to the École Nationale Supérieur d’Art in Dijon, France, and has also travelled internationally as a sponsored skateboarder. At Sugar Mountain 2012, Barretto will share the stage with US musician Sun Araw. Barretto will construct a large scale ‘assisted paintings’ installation – a crudely constructed, large wooden frame through which paint will be poured. After passing over several materials, the paint will ultimately reach a canvas where it will be blended with fabric being rotated by mirror ball motors. The structure will be lit in direct response to the sound being performed by Sun Araw. This will add another element of colour to the work and unify these two processes on the one stage, providing a truly rare moment where art and music meet to create something very special, and definitely very strange.
KIT WEBSTER (MELBOURNE) has gained wide recognition for his enigmatic audiovisual installations. Ranging from site-specific projections to digital sculptures, his works utilise precision programming and visualisation techniques to create captivating and immersive environments that challenge our sensory perceptions. By continually pushing the boundaries of technology and art, Webster is unafraid to present highly experimental concepts designed to expose the potential for the creation of a new audiovisual aesthetic. After rave reviews at Sugar Mountain 2011, Kit Webster returns to Sugar Mountain in 2012. Webster will deliver his signature, site-specific digital projection stylings to the Festival main stage, this time with added depth and awe. Webster will use sculptures to create an exciting, ever-changing, immersive environment.
DYLAN MARTORELL (MELBOURNE) has been exhibiting and performing for over ten years. Central to his multidisciplinary practice is an intense interest in the full spectrum of music and sound sources, ranging from field recordings to ritualised performances. His work also draws on the rhythms and structures of the natural world, real and imagined histories, musical diaspora as well as the use of time, sound and light on sensory perceptions to create synaesthestic combinations of improvised colour, pattern, sound and line. At Sugar Mountain 2012, Martorell will transform one of the many upper nooks of the Forum Theatre. He will turn the room into an interactive, neo-tribal audio/visual sensation, with an animatronic backing band to surprise karaoke participants (provided by members of bands on our musical lineup, and others).