James Newitt

Dienstag Abend von Ludwig Kittinger & Fernando Mesquita

02. Nov 2010

…If They Fall is at once nature documentary, landscape painting and gestural portrait.
In this video the artist, who is in one sense a local in the Tasmanian forest, remains unseen. From darkness emerges the
smallest activity, the smallest flame, a silent, obscured statement.
The features of all of the landscapes are changing without violence or shock.
We are small and we are taken, forced by the invisible artist to remain passive,
to a new wilderness both sublime and surreal. And then back in the darkness we grow, the focus is sharpened. Mechanised industry roars,
we rear up to watch from the distance. This tangible labour, melodic, designed, drawing new lines in the earth.
Diesel-fuelled machines of a forestry industry become the natural inhabitants of this space, which is now at its most beautiful, as it burns…

extract from essay ‘If.They.Fall’ by Sarah Jones, 2010

James Newitt
2004 – 2007 PhD, Fine Arts, University of Tasmania
2003 Bachelor of Fine Arts (First Class Honours), University of Tasmania
1999 – 2001 Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Tasmania

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2011 silent protests, Criterion Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania, 24 March – 7 May
2010 Gallery of Fine Arts/ Galerija umjetnina, Split, 9 – 23 November
2010 If They Fall, Rosalux: Berlin Based Art Office, Berlin, 24 September – 20 October

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