Slack Water is a collaboration between artist, Arryn Snowball and poet, Nathan Shepherdson about the Pacific Ocean.
At the end of 2017, Shepherdson made 77 poems in response to Grant’s Guide to Fishes otherwise known as the ‘fisherman’s bible’. Slack Water brings together new and recent paintings, gouache studies, and experimental performance-based drawings by Snowball inspired by the poems as well as a growing understanding of what scientists have dubbed the Anthropocene—an unofficial term used to describe the present epoch in which humans have significantly impacted the planet’s climate and ecosystems.
Snowball is represented by Jan Manton Gallery, Brisbane, Nicholas Thompson Gallery, Melbourne and Nancy Sever Gallery, Canberra.
3.00pm Saturday 19 February 2022
Discussion: Arryn Snowball, Sandra Selig and Nathan Shepherdson
10.00am Saturday 23 April 2022
Closing event: Performances and launch of Sandra Selig monograph
4.00pm Saturday 7 May 2022
Accompanying the exhibition is a catalogue featuring essays by Jonathan McBurnie, Nathan Shepherdson and Megan Williams alongside images of the artworks and some of the poems providing an important document of Slack Water as a project. The catalogue can be purchased from our online shop.
Arryn Snowball Steadily expanding editions of time 2021. Tempera and oil on linen, 190.0 x 190.0 cm. Courtesy the artist, Jan Manton Gallery, Brisbane, Nicholas Thompson Gallery, Melbourne and Nancy Sever Gallery, Canberra.
Arryn Snowball talks about Slack Water
Producers: Arryn Snowball, Nicole Scott, Pedro Almiro, Stephen Russell.