THE 2016 GEORGES MORA FELLOWSHIP
HAS BEEN AWARDED TO JAMES GEURTS
James Geurts completed his Masters of Art at RMIT Melbourne in 2009 and has been producing large-scale, site and time-specific projects and gallery works in international contexts since 2002. Through critical investigation he draws out geographic and conceptual forms that are layered within sites of research. The artist examines how natural and cultural forces shape perception. Geurts works across the disciplines of sculpture, drawing, video, photography and Land Art.
James’ Georges Mora Fellowship project, Floodplain, created a conceptual line along Melbourne’s Yarra River, or Birrarung as it is known to the Wurundjeri people. Floodplain includes a series of neon sculptures that were installed at specific sites of river intervention and cultural institutions within the floodplain, to examine conceptually where the ancient river and the contemporary city collide. This series of works was exhibited at the National Gallery of Victoria-Ian Potter Center in 2018, curated by Simon Maidment, Senior Curator NGV. A coinciding book was published by Perimeter Books, containing a critical essay by Annika Kristensen, Senior Curator ACCA, and a series of works on paper. This project was supported by Georges Mora Foundation, State Library Victoria, National Gallery of Victoria, Australian Council for the Arts, Melbourne Water.
National Gallery of Victoria - Floodplain Exhibition https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/floodplain-james-geurts/
Perimeter Books - Floodplain http://perimeterbooks.com/James-Geurts-Floodplain
UNPROJECTS Review of Floodplain http://unprojects.org.au/un-extended/reviews/james-geurts/