Geomorphic Abstractions
2021 Artist Residency - Woodford Academy, Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia

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Installation View: Geomorphic Abstractions 1, Woodford Academy Tap Room
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Installation View: Geomorphic Abstractions 2, Woodford Academy Linen Room
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Installation View: Geomorphic Abstractions 3, Woodford Academy Gentleman's Room

Conveying Deep Time

Geomorphic Abstractions is a series of site-specific digital works created by artist Kenneth Lambert, concluding his residency period at Woodford Academy April-May 2021.  In this work, the artist explores deep time by dissolving photographic material captured on-site within the interior and exterior spaces within Woodford Academy as timelapse sequences. The sequences were then digitally dissolved and projected over geographic forms derived from aerial maps of Woodford Academy’s area. The resulting work is a series of beguiling colour fields which undulate over forms in a sustained period. The integration of sound and ever-changing colour state creates a meditation for the environment from which it was conceived.

 ‘The Blue Mountains was created over 50 million years ago, with the Darug and Gundungurra peoples of the Ngurra country tracing back 20,000 years as its custodians. My response to a historical site like Woodford Academy, the oldest colonial building in the Blue Mountains area, evolved into the broader context of the surrounding environment and the perception of deep time. This relationship became the inspiration for my response and a way to translate the theme of spatial temporality. The perpetual nature of light tracing over an environment in the process of constant change due to geomorphic forces became a discreet way of responding to the site, whilst conveying the enduring and unique qualities of the environment which frames it.’ 


Kenneth Lambert

Geomorphic Abstractions 1

Edition: 1 of 3 + AP

Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels

Duration: 24 min with stereo audio mix

Geomorphic Abstractions 2

Edition: 1 of 3 + AP

Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels

Duration: 24 min with stereo audio mix

Geomorphic Abstractions 2

Edition: 1 of 3 + AP

Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels

Duration: 24 min with stereo audio mix

Unique Photographic Print Series (1-9)
Metallic paper, 130 gsm
Dimensions: 297 mm x 420 (A3)

The Woodford Academy Artist in Residence program aims to create a unique opportunity for contemporary artists to engage and explore the cultural and social heritage of the site.

 

Woodford Academy is situated in one of the world’s most environmentally and historically significant locations,  the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. Built originally in the 1830s as a roadside inn, the Woodford Academy has a multi-layered history, operating as a gentleman’s residence, guest house, boarding house and private school. In 1979 it became a National Trust property, recognised for its state heritage significance as the oldest surviving complex of colonial buildings in the Blue Mountains.

 

Woodford Academy Management Committee extends its gratitude to Kenneth Lambert for his participation in the inaugural Artist in Residence program and his digital works that so beautifully and profoundly respond to the site of the Academy and its surroundings and contribute to a deeper understanding and interpretation of many layers embedded in this historic location.

Acknowledgements

 

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which Woodford Academy resides, the Darug and Gundungurra peoples of the Ngurra country. We also recognise the deep and unbroken connection Aboriginal people have with the land and pay our respect to elders both past, present and emerging.

 

Special thanks to Beata Geyer, Director of Artistic Programs at Woodford Academy, for her guidance and support during this residency period, along with the welcoming staff and volunteers.  

Exhibition catalogue designed by INK  

 

Thanks to The National Trust (NSW) and to the Woodford Academy Management Committee.  Woodford Academy is a National Trust (NSW) property.