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New environmental and political artworks by Dan Monceaux and Emma Monceaux on show at Adelaide Fringe 2021

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Force of Nature artists Dan Monceaux and Emma Monceaux have new environmental and political artworks showing in two group art exhibitions during the 2021 Adelaide Fringe. Both exhibitions are now open and free to enter. Works are available for purchase at each of the galleries, and unsold works will be available to purchase from this website thereafter.

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  • Cartoon depicting a father and son stargazing. They notice a drone flying above them and discuss it.

At Gallery 1855 in Tea Tree Gully, South Australia, Dan and Emma are among over fifty exhibiting artists who have responded to the exhibition name and theme: Remade. South Australian artists were encouraged to make new works using found, recovered, repurposed and up-cycled material from home, natural or industrial sources.

Emma’s new glass work Coral 1 is a shallow fused glass dish inspired by climate change and coral bleaching events. It was made from transparent glass off-cuts produced in her studio while working on other artworks. The medium itself has already been “remade” from silica (sand) into glass, before being cut, arranged, fused and slumped into its current form in a kiln.

Also showing in Remade is Dan Monceaux’s new hanging sculpture, Money Trap. The work was inspired by his work researching the fish farm aquaculture industry in Australia and its environmental consequences. The work is made from an abandoned crab net recovered while snorkelling under a jetty in Port Adelaide, fishing tackle, chain, and fish cut from a piece of discarded corrugated iron fencing.

Four more of Dan and Emma Monceaux’s artworks are showing in A Light in the Dark in the Auditorium Gallery at the City of West Torrens’ civic centre. Artists were invited to “explore what light they have found in complex social and political times” for the group exhibition. Emma’s interest in responding to the consequences of climate change in abstract illustrative work can be seen in her large-format work, Sea ice. The piece is a digital illustration printed on linen, previously exhibited at the Port Adelaide Artists Forum in 2017.

Emma and Dan each have new cut paper collage works hanging in A Light in the Dark. Emma’s piece, in stark contrast to the black, white and red palette of Sea ice is a jubilant explosion of colour. Made from paper, Neon sunset beams out brilliant neon hues from a carefully balanced, circular geometric composition. Dan’s cut paper piece Enslaved? is a minimal reflection on the abhorrent practice of slavery, which persists in the 21st century. It invites the viewer to ask themselves: am I enslaved? Saved? Or both?

Dan Monceaux’s other contribution to A Light in the Dark is a digital illustration printed and hung in A0 poster format. Entitled Stargazing, the artwork is the first in a forthcoming series of cartoons under the series name: Intelligence Ltd. These cartoons are a response to the expansion of the Surveillance State and its impact on civil society. Combining whimsy, pathos and humour, the series promises to enlighten and promote public discussion of liberty and human rights in the age of rampant and poorly regulated mass and targeted surveillance.

The artists are available for interview or comment on their works. They can be contacted via instagram at: @emma.monceaux and @dan.monceaux .

Gallery addresses and opening hours for the two exhibitions are included in the table below.

GalleryWest Torrens AuditoriumGallery 1855
Address1 Brooker Tce, Hilton, SA2 Haines Rd, Tea Tree Gully, SA
Sunday1pm-4pmClosed
Monday10am-6pmClosed
Tuesday12noon-6pmClosed
Wednesday8am-6pm12noon-5pm
Thursday12noon-8pm12noon-5pm
Friday10am-6pm12noon-5pm
Saturday10am-4pm12noon-5pm
Last day21/03/2124/04/21
Emma Monceaux & Dan Monceaux’s works (centre) in the group art exhibition A Light in the Dark at the West Torrens Auditorium Gallery
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Emma Monceaux’s kiln-formed glass plates now available in the Onkaparinga Art Shop

Emma Monceaux River 4 square plate small front 2020

Despite the massive global upheaval caused by COVID-19, Force of Nature artists have kept busy, working on new designs, artwork and products inspired by the natural world. Since exhibiting with her husband Dan Monceaux in the two-person exhibition River to Reef, Emma Monceaux has continued to extend her various nature-inspired glass plate series. Many of these new works can now be seen on this website.

A small selection of Emma’s kiln-formed glass plates is also now available to view and purchase at the Onkaparinga Arts Art Shop. Housed under the same roof as a public gallery, the building is chock full of original works by South Australian artists. Works range from small wearable artworks, gift cards and jewellery to painted and sculptural works suitable for hanging.

Emma Monceaux - Wave 1 (2020)
Emma Monceaux – Wave 1 (2020)

Emma’s self-standing sculptural glass artwork Wave 1 also features in the annual Onkaparinga Surf Art Exhibition, which will be showing until 1 February 2021. Emma’s glass plate selection on sale in the Art Shop also appears in the slideshow below.

The Onkaparinga Arts gallery and shop are staffed by a combination of City of Onkaparinga employees and volunteers, some of which are also exhibiting artists so feel free to ask them about the work when you visit. The gallery is located at 22 Gawler Street, Port Noarlunga, South Australia and is open the following days and hours:

  • Monday 10:00 AM–04:00 PM
  • Tuesday 10:00 AM–04:00 PM
  • Wednesday 10:00 AM–04:00 PM
  • Thursday 10:00 AM–04:00 PM
  • Friday 10:00 AM–04:00 PM
  • Saturday 01:00 PM–04:00 PM
  • Sunday CLOSED
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River to Reef online art exhibition, May-June 2020

River to Reef -artworks by Dan and Emma Monceaux

Our latest Force of Nature art exhibition is available to view entirely online, in response to COVID19 control measures taken by our presenting partner, the City of Onkaparinga. River to Reef is a celebration of the marine flora and fauna of Port Noarlunga in South Australia, where the Onkaparinga River meets a rocky barrier reef. Both teem with life, but many of these plants and animals are rarely observed or reflected in artwork.

Subjects range from the prolific and inquisitive reef fishes that appear in the video piece and several photographs, to the colonial invertebrates that grow on reef walls and jetty piles which are relflected in various artforms.

In their first major double-hander exhibition, Dan’s underwater photographic work sets the scene, while Emma’s imagination creates even more other-worldly visages in the form of abstract illustrations, collage, glass dishes and sculpture.

Dan’s contribution also sees him return to his roots as an illustrator, with two pieces that marry illustration with machine and hand-cut collage. The combined result is the pair’s most extensive collection to date- 55 works in all.

The exhibition launched online on 22 May 2020, and will remain online until June 22. Sales are handled by Onkaparinga Arts through their website, and artworks can be shipped internationally (shipping quotes available on inquiry). Website visitors can also enjoy a musical soundtrack of songs inspired by the underwater world, curated by Dan (working under his DJ alias of DJ Sepia).

Please take your time exploring the works- each can be viewed in detail. Together, the work represents over a year of exploration and artistic response to this unique environment and its non-human inhabitants.

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Call for entries: Underwater South Australia photography exhibition (Fleurieu Edition)

Following the success of Force of Nature’s first group underwater photography exhibition in 2018, Underwater South Australia is back… this time with a regional focus on Fleurieu Peninsula. Nature photographers and artists Dan Monceaux and Emma Monceaux (Force of Nature) are now seeking submissions of photographic and video works (from any year) showcasing underwater Fleurieu Peninsula and its offshore reefs and wrecks. Submissions will be considered for a forthcoming group exhibition to celebrate the region’s spectacular marine and aquatic biodiversity.

The exhibition will feature roughly 12 photographic works, plus video and will be installed at one of the region’s premiere art galleries. The exhibition will occur in April 2018, with further details to be announced.

Interested photographers of all experience levels are invited to provide a selection of up to 6 of their best qualifying photographic works for the curators’ consideration. The extent of the Fleurieu Peninsula includes all locations from Myponga Beach to Middleton, with some suggestions marked on the map below. Images from locations north of Myponga, or east of Middleton are not valid entries.

Submissions will be considered on their own merits and collectively against the exhibition’s objectives. They should reflect diversity of subjects (both common and rare), locations and artistic and technical merit. All images must have been captured or recorded in Fleurieu Peninsula waters (marine or fresh).

The exhibition is intended to serve as a celebration for those already exploring and photographing South Australia underwater, while introducing the wider public to the many destinations and subjects that make snorkeling and diving here such a pleasure.

DEADLINE: Submissions close midnight, March 8, 2019.

How to enter

Send an email with “Underwater South Australia” in the subject line to Dan Monceaux at dan@danimations.com.au . Your email should contain the following:

• Up to 6 low-resolution preview images or viewing links

• If submitting video, viewing links for 1 or 2 video clips (edited)

• Names of image/video locations (essential) and subjects (if known)

If your image is short-listed and has not been exhibited in a past Underwater South Australia exhibition, you will receive a follow-up email requesting a full resolution copy of your file. Force of Nature will then make arrangements to have your work professionally printed, framed and hung.

Works exhibited at a previous Underwater South Australia exhibition are eligible for re-entry.

Does it cost anything?

There is no entry fee to submit work for potential inclusion in this group exhibition. It is expected however, that artists will bear the cost of professional printing and framing of their works and that a standard will be set. The exhibition will be printed as a series, with consistent framing and print size (A3 images, with matte boards and black timber frames).

We will work with our existing printing and framing partners to offer selected artists a package that delivers a balance of print quality, image size and professional presentation. The costs are expected to be below $100 per work, including a handling fee for bringing your work from digital file to printed, framed and hung artwork.

Can I sell my work at the exhibition?

Artists can set a sale price for their work at their discretion. All unsold work will remain the property of the participating artist after the closing of the exhibition. Force of Nature reserves the right to reproduce the work in promotional and publicity materials only.

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Citizen science and community art project “It Came from the Harbour” begins in Port Adelaide

In 2019, Force of Nature artists Dan Monceaux and Emma Monceaux are teaming up with SpinFX AustrAliA artists Bob Daly and Kalyna Micenko to deliver an exciting new community cultural development art project entitled “It Came From the Harbour”. Conceived by the participating artists and presented by the Port Adelaide Artists Forum, the project is designed to celebrate and raise community awareness of the marine and coastal flora and fauna of the Port (Adelaide) River through observation, recording and art-making.

The project will take place in three stages, and span the first half of 2019. There will be many ways for people of all ages to participate in the project, either as a nature observer/photographer (capturing images of Port River biodiversity), a creative artist (making art inspired by nature) or as a volunteer exhibition attendant/guide.

The schedule for the project is rapidly taking shape. An official launch event will occur in February at Gallery Yampu (date TBC). The event will introduce the project, and the various ways people can participate. It will also present a visually rich guest lecture on the biodiversity of the Port Adelaide river, and show people how to contribute their own nature sightings.

Two days of community snorkeling days will follow in February-March with project partners, Experiencing Marine Sancturaries.

Meanwhile, Bob Daly and Kalyna Micenko will run workshops with school and community groups, helping them to design and make various depictions of the animals and plants that call the Port River home.

The final stage of the project will be a month-long art exhibition in Gallery Yampu (northwestern corner of the Birkenhead Bridge), which will transform the gallery into a vivid and colourful coastal and underwater world, teeming with biodiversity. The walk-in installation will combine community-made and professionally-guided sculptural art with photographic and video imagery, and field notes for nature lovers.

We are delighted to announce that the project has received funding from the South Australian government through its arts funding agency, Arts SA.

Part 1 – Nature observation

The Port Adelaide project on iNaturalist is online and accepting contributions now. The website is free to join, and photographic sightings of all forms of life are invited. If you’re unsure of what a plant or animal is, don’t worry… just upload it! The “crowd” of amateur and professional naturalists there is eager to help identify it with you. The project is geographically bound to include the entire Port River, from the mouth of the estuary at Outer Harbor to St. Kilda, past Torrens and Garden islands, south through the inner harbour, West Lakes and out to sea via the West Lakes inlet. If you make an observation anywhere in this area and upload it to iNaturalist (the mobile app is an easy option for adding terrestrial sightings), it will automatically appear in the project.. and if it’s really great, it might even be selected for the final exhibition!

Part 2 – Sculptural art-making

During Part 2, professional artists Bob Daly and Kalyna Micenko will lead a series of art-making workshops, inspired by the photographic work of citizen scientists. Workshop dates will be organised with community and school groups directly at dates TBC.

Part 3 – Immersive exhibition

During Part 3, a curated selection of community-made artwork, photographs and video will be installed at Gallery Yampu as a free “walk-in” exhibition experience.

Do you want to find out more or get involved?

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“It Came From the Harbor” CCD Art Project – Supporting Images

Oyster blenny on jetty pile, Port River - Dan Monceaux (Force of Nature)

In 2018 a concept for a Community Cultural Development project was developed by the Port Adelaide Artists Forum, in collaboration with professional artists from SpinFX AustrAliA (Bob Daly and Kalyna Micenko) and Force of Nature (Dan Monceaux and Emma Monceaux). The images represent past works of all involved parties and have been compiled as support materials to accompany a grant application for the project.

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Silk tree chandeliers on tour demonstrate winch-up rigging in action (SpinFX AustrAliA)
Silk tree chandeliers on tour demonstrate winch-up rigging in action (SpinFX AustrAliA)

Bob Daly conducts an applique workshop with primary school students (SpinFX AustrAliA)
Bob Daly conducts an applique workshop with primary school students (SpinFX AustrAliA)

INterior view of a walk-in inflatable songbird showing appliqued panels (SpinFX AustrAliA)
Interior view of a walk-in inflatable songbird showing appliqued panels (SpinFX AustrAliA)

School students create Kudlyo, the inflatable swan (SpinFX AustrAliA)
School students create Kudlyo, the inflatable swan (SpinFX AustrAliA)

Kudlyo, the walk-in scale inflatable swan (SpinFX AustrAliA)
Kudlyo, the walk-in scale inflatable swan (SpinFX AustrAliA)

Community members sew the inflatable whale Kondoli (SpinFX AustrAliA)
Community members sew the inflatable whale Kondoli (SpinFX AustrAliA)

Hand painted silken waves act as wind-socks and flap in the breeze (SpinFX AustrAliA)
Hand painted silken waves act as wind-socks and flap in the breeze (SpinFX AustrAliA)

Example of installed artwork hanging from the ceiling in Gallery Yampu, Port Adelaide (SpinFX AustrAliA)
Example of installed artwork hanging from the ceiling in Gallery Yampu, Port Adelaide (SpinFX AustrAliA)

Bob Daly facilitating a papier mache community workshop (SpinFX AustrAliA)
Bob Daly facilitating a papier mache community workshop (SpinFX AustrAliA)

Emma & Dan Monceaux, citizen scientists, nature photographers and artists (Force of Nature)
Emma & Dan Monceaux, citizen scientists, nature photographers and artists (Force of Nature)

Christmas Tree Hydroid, Port River - Dan Monceaux (Force of Nature)
Christmas Tree Hydroid, Port River – Dan Monceaux (Force of Nature)

Colonial ascidians on jetty pile, Port River - Dan Monceaux (Force of Nature)
Colonial ascidians on jetty pile, Port River – Dan Monceaux (Force of Nature)

Crab on jetty pile, Port River - Dan Monceaux (Force of Nature)
Crab on jetty pile, Port River – Dan Monceaux (Force of Nature)

Godiva nudibranch, Port River - Dan Monceaux (Force of Nature)
Godiva nudibranch, Port River – Dan Monceaux (Force of Nature)

Myxicola fanworm, Port River - Dan Monceaux (Force of Nature)
Myxicola fanworm, Port River – Dan Monceaux (Force of Nature)

Oyster blenny on jetty pile, Port River - Dan Monceaux (Force of Nature)
Oyster blenny on jetty pile, Port River – Dan Monceaux (Force of Nature)

Rock pool shrimp, Port River - Dan Monceaux (Force of Nature)
Rock pool shrimp, Port River – Dan Monceaux (Force of Nature)

Bryozoans on jetty pile, Port River - Dan Monceaux (Force of Nature)
Bryozoans on jetty pile, Port River – Dan Monceaux (Force of Nature)

Tiny hermit crab, Port River - Dan Monceaux (Force of Nature)
Tiny hermit crab, Port River – Dan Monceaux (Force of Nature)

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Call for entries: Underwater South Australia photography exhibition

Ceratosoma brevicaudatum, Brighton Jetty SA - Dan Monceaux

DEADLINE EXTENDED to 20 AUGUST 2018 & VENUE CONFIRMED

Nature photographers and artists Dan and Emma Monceaux (Force of Nature) are seeking submissions of existing photographic works showcasing underwater South Australia. Submissions will be considered for a forthcoming group exhibition intended to celebrate the state’s spectacular marine and aquatic biodiversity.

 

The exhibition will feature roughly 20 works from a dozen or more contributors, and will be hung in the Auditorium Gallery at the City of West Torrens Civic Centre, on Hamra Ave, Hilton. The opening celebration will occur on the 27th of September 2018, with a guest speaker to be confirmed. The exhibition will end on October 11, 2018.

 

Interested photographers of all experience levels are invited to provide a selection of up to 6 photographic works for the curators’ consideration.

 

Submissions will be considered on their own merits and collectively against the exhibition’s objectives. They should reflect diversity of subjects (both common and rare), locations and artistic and technical merit. All images must have been captured or recorded in South Australian waters (marine or fresh).

 

It is hoped that the exhibition will serve as a celebration for those already exploring and photographing South Australia underwater, while introducing the wider public to the many destinations and subjects that make snorkeling and diving here such a pleasure.

 

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Submissions close midnight 20 August 2018.

 

How to enter

 

Send an email with “Underwater South Australia” in the subject line to Dan Monceaux at dan@danimations.com.au . Your email should contain the following:

 

• Up to 6 low-resolution preview images or viewing links
• Names of image locations and subjects (if known)

 

If you already have professional prints of your submitted works ready to hang, please include relevant details for each work:

 

• dimensions (width and height)
• weight
• type of frame or mount

 

If your image is short-listed and is not yet ready to hang, you will receive a follow-up email requesting a full resolution copy of your file. The curators will be making arrangements to have the remaining works professionally printed.

 

Does it cost anything?

 

There is no entry fee to submit work for the consideration this group exhibition. It is expected however, that artists will bear the cost of professional printing and framing of their works and that a standard will be set. The curators will be consulting with professional printers and framers to offer selected artists a package that delivers a balance of print quality, image size and professional presentation.