Abandoned cubby huts

Armstrong, Daniel 2011, Abandoned cubby huts, The Gallery Of Australian Design (GAD), Parkes, A.C.T..

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Title Abandoned cubby huts
Creator(s) Armstrong, Daniel
Year presented 2011
Year created 2011
Material type art original
Series Abandoned cubby hut series
Description of artwork Solo Exhibition of photographic (large format prints) toy camera images
Publisher The Gallery Of Australian Design (GAD)
Place of publication Parkes, A.C.T.
Keyword(s) architecture
cubby Hut
den
forest
poplar
landscape
wilderness
toy camera
Summary For more than 10 years I have been documenting a series of cubby huts which are located in a poplar forest in central Victoria. For me the Cubby Hut is a powerful symbolic structure, an archetypal structure, a place of imagination, dreams, refuge and adventure. The Cubby is ephemeral and passes from our childhood explorations of the world and into the dreams and memories of adulthood. These cubby huts are primarily built from and located in the landscape and are intrinsically linked to this context; they are landscape as architecture and architecture as landscape and in construction they articulate a connection between the imagination and landscape and in decay they return to the land and the psyche. I am also fascinated by the fundamental engineering principles present in their construction and have photographed many of these details. In building these structures children are engaging with the phenomenon of materials and form, solving design solutions and intuitively learning about the properties and limitations of the materials at hand as well as transforming space and place. I have used a plastic toy camera to make these images. The toy camera presents a primitive image with soft focus, distortion and image fall off (darkening at the edges). For me these image qualities evoke the feelings and sense of memory and imagination located in these primitive and ephemeral structures.
Notes Abandoned Cubby Huts is an onging and eveloving body of work which is being added to over time. For this solo exhbition at GAD all images were reworked (rescanned, adjusted, reprinted) with an additional 8 new images and a new catalogue included.
Language eng
Field of Research 190503 Lens-Based Practice
Socio Economic Objective 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft)
HERDC Research category J1 Major original creative work
Copyright notice ©2011, Daniel Armstrong
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30106048

Document type: Artwork
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
 
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