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Koala Land Exhibition at UTS DABLAB from August 21 - September 13, 2013. See how innovative visual communication design can influence government, industry the general public by raising awareness around the issues of the detrimental influx of humans to the natural koala habitat of the Queensland Koala Coast.
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"When I first saw the artist's impressions of Atelier Jean Nouvel's One Central Park back in 2008, I wondered how possible it was to build these buildings. While I found the impressions to be a vague and noncommittal, I was impressed by the generous walls of lush vegetation. These towering hanging gardens reminded me of mountains... what a bold gesture to make! Now that Nouvelle's buildings have become a reality and are nearing completion, I can see how some of the buildings are meeting up to the artist's impressions. As the green walls are planted and begin to grow, the drabness of the urban surroundings are being revitalised by nature. This is exciting... how far can we go?
I love the city, and I love buildings, but I do wonder how far developers will go to impress their markets. While I am interested in developing better understandings of our relationship with land, and in particular, how the city responds to nature, I constantly experience the dichotomy of the urban and nature. I am drawn to the power and beauty of nature, and yet I love the city, just as more and more of the planet’s population does. But in order for cities to survive, and arguably, humanity, we need to listen to and learn from nature. I hope that Nouvel's One Central Park stands as a creative example of how city buildings and nature can come together, and I hope that the building and it's hanging gardens stand up to the test of time.
My painting 'Let's try to build mountains' is a warning - we must be careful as we attempt to build bigger, bolder and better, and it cannot just be about impressing people. We must think and design creatively and sustainably." - Mark Gerada.
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Mark has begun making studies for a new series of works about Mt Hay. Mark says: "I believe that the process of painting reveals histories, layers, spirits, the unseen. Mark Tredinnick sums my instincts up in The Blue Plateau: A Landscape Memoir when he says, "What is essential is invisible to the eyes." Through my paintings about Mt Hay, I want to set up a narrative that questions how stories are told in order to enrich past present future heritages. The Blue Mountains were considered a barrier by early settlers, and a scar created by a battle fought between half fish and half reptile Dreamtime creatures by the Gundungurra people. I think the Blue Mountains are a set of lungs for the city to the east and the agriculture to the west. From where I live right now, Mt Hay is the beacon of a life source."
Mark has converted the interior of an old garage into his new studio.
After 2 years of research and meeting with leading scientists and koala specialists, Mark has produced, designed and illustrated the Koala Land report, which you can read here. The objective of the report was to explore ways of creating a sustainable future for koalas, particularly on the Koala Coast, South East Queensland, Australia. Despite the Federal Government's 2012 decision to classify Queensland's koalas as vulnerable and add them to the Threatened Species List, there remains a lot of work to be done to stabilise diminishing koala populations. Mark's report sets out achievable solutions for rebuilding koala populations, and as a collection of knowledge provides a picture of what we have to start doing now to prevent koalas from becoming extinct.
Mark designed, illustrated and produced a double sided A2 poster for local governments in schools in South East Queensland.
Mark produced a series of detailed collage studies for the Opera Bar painting commission. As a series of narratives, the studies explore the layers of history and architecture at Bennelong Point and East Circular Quay.
Ranger Gerada has started taking guided tours with Ranger Bonetto and Ranger Brain as a part of the City Wilderness Trail. The tours will run until January 27, 2013.
As a part of a collaboration with Tega Brain and Diego Bonetto, Mark designed and illustrated the signage for the City Wilderness Trail. Commissioned by City of Sydney's Laneways Public Art Programme, and launched for Art and About, the City Wilderness Trail is a distributed public art project which acknowledges the city as host to an incredible diversity of non-human populations. Mark, Tega and Diego are creating an urban trail that draws attention to fifteen different bird, mammal and insect species that live in the CBD. The signs will be hidden throughout the laneways and spaces along George Street. This project celebrates urban biodiversity as something of value that should be welcomed and designed for. Instead of approaching nature as something that is 'out there', the City Wilderness Trail presents the natural world as a dynamic, evolving and complex system of which our cities and societies are actually an important part.