Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The Italian Cosmatesque

A significant part of the time I spent in Rome and Italy last year was dedicated to undertaking a detailed study of Cosmati mosaics produced in the 12th and 13th Centuries.  The result of this research is an archive of some 2500 photographs, 45 minutes of video and a number of sound recordings.  It is my hope to produce an on-line archive of much of this material along with my research notes at some time in the future.  In the mean time here is a sample of some of the material I collected.

La Basilica di Sant'Elia, Castel Sant'Elia, Lazio, Italia

La Capella Paletina, Palermo, Sicilia

La Capella Paletina, Palermo, Sicilia

La Capella Paletina, Palermo, Sicilia

Il Cattedrale di Monreale, Palermo, Sicilia

Il Cattedrale di Monreale, Palermo, Sicilia

Il Cattedrale di Monreale, Palermo, Sicilia

Il Cattedrale di Monreale, Palermo, Sicilia

La Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterane, Roma, Italia

Il Duomo di Terracina, Lazio, Italia

Il Duomo di Terracina, Lazio, Italia

La Cheisa di San Pitro alla Carita, Tivoli, Lazio, Italia

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

British School at Rome

For the last 3 months I have been resident at the British School at Rome on an Australia Council for the Arts award.  I came to Rome to visit 90 churches in 90 days in order to extensively interrogate and document the 'Cosmatesque' mosaics produced in and around the city throughout the 12th and 13th Centuries; masterful works utilizing a language of pure geometry to express a metaphysical cosmology, made from recycled stone gathered from the Fori Romani.  A number of Artworks have been developed as a result of these observations, they are a distillation of both the experience of looking at these works first hand and an attempt to integrate elements of this symbolic language of materials and geometry employed by these 'Cosmatesque' artists into my personal lexicon.  As part of the award myself and the other 6 resident artists exhibited work produced at the British School at the December Mostra (exhibition).

Attractive force 2015

Between two bodies 2015

Causal loop 2015

Event horizon and Time lapse 2015

Proxima Centauri 2015

Skydoor 2015

Wallpaper #12 2015

Wormhole 2015

Sunday, March 31, 2013


Some time ago (about 25 months) I made a post about a successful proposal for a work at Chermside Hospital.  Many things have changed since this post including a number of designs considered but finally the work titled abracadabra is on its way.  Much thanks needs to be given to Christine Murray from Project Services Qld. Gov. for her tireless and seemingly inexhaustable patience.

Abracadabra is being manufactured and installed by The Albert Smith Group, for the last couple of weeks I have been at Chermside Hospital watching (and helping if I can) Dave Southern, Grayson Rolleston, Daniel Joyce and Kyle Joyce do their stuff and put this giant jig saw together.

There is still some work to be done, I'm sure a second post will follow with progress photos.

A full list of those involved will be posted on the web site at a later date - www.lincoln-austin.com.au