Future Stratigraphy: Masterclass with John Roloff

Masterclass: The Sea Within The Land
with John Roloff
2 – 6pm Tuesday 17 October 2016
Sydney College of the Arts and Callan Park

As part of our Future Stratigraphy program, this masterclass with international artist John Roloff will explore site-engagement processes focusing on Callan Park as the site of Roloff’s Sydney project, The Sea within the Land. The masterclass will involve walking the site; discussing the area’s past, present and future (in relation to geology, mapping, flora and fauna, and human engagement – the Gadigal and Wangal traditional custodians, history as colonial estate and psychiatric hospital, and current uses); and an outside workshop with above-ground echo-sounder technology.

EOI: to participate in the masterclass please send a short statement about yourself and why you’re interested, to Kath Fries and Oliver Smith at sca_newmaterialism@sydney.edu.au by 30 September 2016. The masterclass is free but places are limited.

Image: John Roloff, Displaced Sea / Seeking the Permanente, 2014, inkjet print on drafting film, 60x120cm. Courtesy the artist and Anglim Gilbert Gallery, San Francisco.

John Roloff is a visual artist and professor at San Francisco Art Institute. He works conceptually with site, process and natural systems. With a background in science and geology, Roloff’s work engages poetic and site-specific relationships between material, concept and performance in the domains of geology, ecology, architecture, ceramics, industry and mining, metabolic systems and history. He is known primarily for his outdoor kiln/furnace projects from the late 1970’s to the early 1990’s as well as other large-scale environmental, site-specific and gallery installations investigating geologic and natural phenomena. Roloff’s work has been included in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, UC Berkeley Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Smithsonian Institution, Photoscene Cologne, the Venice Architectural and Art Biennales and The Snow Show in Kemi, Finland. He has received visual arts fellowships from the NEA, a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship, a California Arts Council grant and a Bernard Osher Fellowship at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, CA. Roloff is represented by Anglim Gilbert Gallery, San Francisco, CA and is tenured faculty in Sculpture/Ceramics, San Francisco Art Institute. johnroloff.com

John Roloff will be giving the Future Stratigraphy keynote lecture on Tuesday 18 October 2016 and his work will also feature in the Future Stratigraphy exhibition, 6-29 October 2016.


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