Sense/Place - new works by Nicholas Mills - Tues 21st Apr

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Canopy Art Centre – 124 Grafton St, Cairns - Opening: Tues 21st Apr - From 6.00pm

Kicked out of art school (Victoria College, Prahran) in the mid-80's, Nicholas Mills has continued to express himself through a 'painters lens': applying this framework to a broad diversity of solo and collaborative outputs.

Sense/Place explores a series of personal threads that form a continuum in the maker's life. Paired back from a larger body of work made over some 6 years, the video, sound works and paintings will present a very particular dichotomy: a sense of being embedded in the landscape, and yet distant.

Nicholas' sound/media practice spans the fields of sound art, live performance and digital video/media, drawing from a wide range or source material and influences from field and urban recordings, found sound and vision to samples and electronics.

A series of paintings will reveal aspects of self, and more: painted and scratched onto large found paper, carted around numerous properties in large rolls, and sustaining considerable 'environmental adjustments' along the way.

Sense/Place provides a focal point for Nicholas' very personal creative work, and critically provides a distinct, yet reflective, perspective on the deep north.

Nicholas Mills is well known as an independent creative producer, cultural facilitator, and media artist with a long history of cultural development in the Far North.

As a collaborator, he utilises a range of sound and media disciplines to engage with dancers, performers, musicians, installation artists, actors and more.

Sense/Place is the first solo exhibition of Nicholas Mills.

Selected Background Information:

Nicholas Mills is an independent creative producer, cultural facilitator, and media artist with a long history of cultural development in the Far North.

As a collaborator, he utilises a range of sound and media disciplines to engage with dancers, performers, musicians, installation artists, actors and more.

In 2013 he collaborated with hybrid inter-media collective Bonemap on the Lodestar project, and was sound designer for JUTE theatre company's production of Half & Half (feat Aaron Fa'aso and Jimi Bani).

Nicholas is also part of an ongoing collaboration with indigenous performance and visual artist Zane Saunders, that spans some 10 years.

Highlights have included performances at National Gallery Canberra for the first IndigenousTriennial, and inclusion in the Nyah-bunyar (Temple) exhibition at NGV as part of Melbourne Festival 2010, and Saying No: Reconciling Spirituality and Resistance in Indigenous Australian Art at MoCADA (Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art) in New York 2011.

In 2014, their collaborative work was featured as part of the Adelaide Festival 'Four Rooms' exhibition at Tandanya Gallery, while later in the year, some 3 video works travelled to the imagineNATIVE Festival in Canada.

Nicholas' most recent project is 'The Presentation', a cultural improvisation trio featuring former National Theatre Company of PNG's Markham Galut, and Kabi Kabi Aboriginal man Darren Blackman.

Performing solo as File_Error for many years, he has explored a distinct sonic and visual palette in temporal live performances at Melbourne Fringe Festival, the Institute of Modern Art, Liquid Architecture Festival, as well as numerous Far Northern shows and events.

As a solo practitioner, Nicholas continues to explore personal frameworks and a sense of place/displacement through painting, video, sound and installation. These personal works are largely unseen, and Sense/Place allows this body of works to have a life, build a deeper context, and reflect personal perspectives.

 

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Sense/Place – new works by Nicholas Mills

Apr 21 – May 2 - 2015

Canopy Art Centre – 124 Grafton St, Cairns

Opening: Tues 21st Apr - From 6.00pm

Performance collaboration: Zane Saunders, Darren Blackman and Nicholas Mills

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