Artist James Geurts identifies a series of sites and cultural institutions along the floodplain of the 242 kilometre Yarra River (Birrarung) to examine conceptually where the ancient river and the contemporary city collide. Floodplain, published by Perimeter Books, and the current exhibition at NGV Australia further illustrates the significance of this artistic research undertaking. Join the artist in conversation with publisher Dan Rule, from Perimeter Books.
Based in Melbourne, Geurts completed his Masters of Art at RMIT Melbourne in 2009 and post graduate research at Vrije Academie, GEMAK The Hague 2011. Geurts’ practice locates paradigms of measurement, focusing on physical forces and fields and the influence these have on perception. He explores these relations in geographic and conceptual forms that are layered within the sites of research. Geurts’ projects have been presented by galleries including: White Cube, London; GEMAK, Den Haag Netherlands; Centre for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv Israel; Kuandu Museum of Fine Art, Taipei; National Gallery of Victoria, and the Adelaide Biennale of Australian Art and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.
Geurts is represented by: GAG Projects I Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide+Berlin, Contemporary Art Society, London.
Image: Mouth of the Yarra River (Birrarung), Port Melbourne 2018
Photograph of site and time specific light installation.
Neon, converter, battery, solar panel. Photographic print 800 x 500cm
This project is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, Melbourne Water, Georges Mora Foundation and State Library Victoria.