suckerPUNCH:describe your project
luke HALLAM : A series of paintings depicting the often oversized machinery, used in the the extraction of natural resources from the earth.
image: Wonder Wheel, airbrushed ink and acrylic on canvas
sP: what or who influenced this project?
lH: My family home growing up, was situated only 1 kilometre from an open cut coal mine and power station. We could often hear the hum of the mining machinery, and the whirr of the coal fired power station with it’s steam driven turbines, usually on a still crisp night. Like a sleeping giant, it had no discernible effect on our lives growing up, it was just “there”. As young boys, my brother and I would often ride our bikes through the bush to the mine, and look into the pit with wonder, watching the oversized machinery chipping away at the earth, extracting coal and turning it into power.
Current times see the mining of natural, non-renewable resources receiving increasingly high media exposure. Financial incentives and the developing worlds appetite for these resources will ensure demand remains strong. Along with political pressure to maintain employment and successful industries, which in turn drive the financial underpinnings of the capitalist world economies.
The work is not intended to either promote or condemn global resource mining, but to present the visual aspect that is more often, “out of site, out of mind”. A incompatibility of, visual splendour, engineering feats, and environmental impact.
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
lH: Reading: Juxtapoz, Kingbrown Magazine, Oh Really Magazine, Various contemporary art blogs.
Listening to: Ray Lamontange, John Butler Trio, Damien Rice, Stone Temple Pilots, Rage Against The Machine.
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
lH: Ian Francis, Chloe Early, Nathan De Young, Kim Cogan, Josh Keyes, Jeff Soto, Jeremy Geddes, Dave Kinsey, Anthony Lister
This series of work will debut at Art Melbourne 2010 on show April 22nd – 25th.
images [clockwise from upper left]: Traction, Red Truck, Number 4, Rectify, airbrushed ink and acrylic on canvas