Entry # 1 - "OBSERVATION TOWER" - SIMON FINN
CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS: This proposal would use recycled timbers to retain the concept of renewable sources. The art should reflect the underlying initiative of the power plant. The tower would be placed on a concrete footing to establish a solid structure to endure the elements
DESCRIPTION: I propose to construct a downscaled observation Tower within and for the Broken Hill solar plant. The Tower is an essential continuation of my current arts practice, where I have previously developed and visualised the structure in simulation, drawings, animation, 3D printed form and has also been interpreted by a displaced community in Indonesia (See here for information: http://www.simonfinn.info/html/SingleWorksHTML/Simon 20Finn 20BirthFromDestruction.html). The Tower is not based on any particular tower; however, it is inspired from fire/tsunami look out towers, prison watchtowers, and metaphors of the observer/ed. It is symbolic of future prediction, and if is located close to the solar plant, its meaning would be one of optimism. This is especially pertinent symbol for viewing the environmental initiatives undertaken by Australian business for renewable energies.
The Panopticon (previously seen with negative connotations) is a pertinent symbol for our navigation within the current political climate, including media, propaganda and the control of our ability to see into the impending state of the natural order. Seeing the farsighted, and looking beyond the now, especially symbolic of seeing the investment in our countries’ future through renewable energy. The tower would be approximately 1 meters high constructed using recycled wood to continue the theme of renewable source. If constructed, the Tower would be highly visible during the day and illuminated from within during the night (Maybe with the possibility of the light source powered from the solar panels). My artwork would offer an important message of potential optimism in a climate of environmental negativity.
BIOGRAPHY: Simon’s practice includes, drawing, animation and sculpture and forms a continued exploration into the variable syntheses between artist, environment and technology. Finn utilises the spatial and temporal capabilities of virtual representations as subject matter that comes into being somewhere between experimental verification and poetic speculation. The range of static imagery generated through computation is staged and then re-imagined with the hand, using traditional drawing processes, and advanced machinery. This process allows Finn to observe an otherwise unattainable rupturing of time and facilitate a faceted network of production. Simon has presented twelve solo exhibitions since 2011, including ‘Deluge Rotations’ at Fehily Contemporary and ‘Beyond the Frustum’ at LUMA and the VAC in 2016. Group exhibitions in 2015 include 'New Dimensions' at Hill-Smith Gallery, 'Specific Gravity' at MOANA and ‘Synthetica’ (NETS) at Wangaratta Art Gallery, Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery, Gippsland Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery. Simon was a finalist in the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery Art on Paper Award (2015), City of Hobart Art Prize (2015) and the winner of the 2015 Banyule Award for works on paper. In 2014 his work was included in ‘Vertigo’ (Asialink), shown at Galeri Soemardja, Bandung Institute of Technology Indonesia, MoCA in Taiwan and the POSCO Museum of Art, South Korea. ‘Perceptions of Space’ at the Glen Eira City Council and Surge, Plymouth College of Art, England. He has also been awarded the Howard Arkley Award, Kedumba Drawing Award, Athenaeum Award and the Stuart Black Travelling Scholarship. Finn’s studies include, Master of Fine Art by research at the Victorian College of the Arts, First Class Honors in Fine Art from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and Electronic Design and
Interactive Media at Swinburne University. His practice is supported by accumulated experience as a 3D visualisation artist, digital imagist, video editor, compositor and animator for a range of international and local clientele. Simon is currently lecturing at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Specialised Communication in the School of Architecture (3D design and rapid prototyping).