Artbomb is not your average exhibition. Artbomb: connect + create brings together local artists, our local community and Hurstville Museum & Gallery in a slow release explosion of creativity and artistic expression. This exhibition provides a unique opportunity to meet and collaborate with artists, as they work within our space. Come in and reconnect.
Over two days visitors will be able to interact with actors LU CID and Nicole Pingon as they perform their piece ‘Noxious’ in the gallery space at Hurstville Museum & Gallery. We were able to ask LU CID and Nicole a few questions in regard to their artistic and theatrical practices. Drop by at the gallery on Saturday 11 July 2020 between 10.00am – 1.00pm to meet the artists as they install in the gallery space, and again on Saturday 25 July 2020 between 11.00am – 1.00pm to view the performance.
3 Actions, LU CID.
Can you give us an insight into your artistic processes? Is your work pre-planned or created intuitively? How long does each artistic piece take to complete?
LU CID: My artistic process is usually dependent on the type of work I’m making and the reasons I’m making it. Performance for me is very deeply rooted in the conceptual background – I spend a lot of time researching and building up my head space and emotion before I perform – then it ends up being very spontaneous. In a way video art is very similar for me, the filming and recording process is very planned, however at some point along the way the work always takes over from me and finds its own path – sort of unplanned intuition of its own. I generally seem to spend a couple months working on similarly themed mini projects that tie into each other, then discover something new and repeat.
Nicole Pingon: I enjoy following my curiosity and instincts as much as I can, and like to think my artistic process is intuitive. Pieces are usually sparked by an image I envision, or an idea that intrigues me, and keeps appearing in my life. I then hold onto the image or idea, and tend to become quite theoretical as I try to figure out what it means… but I’m learning it’s okay to create without figuring out the logic, and trust in the process. The processes I’m usually part of are made with collaborators and bodies in space, bouncing off ideas and creating things on the fly. I find the greatest material comes from playing and experimenting. Each process is unique in terms of what it looks like, and how long it takes to complete. They can be anywhere between under an hour to years.
Photo by Emmy Lewis, pictured: Nicole Pingon in Mother Oat, The Female Gaze at Goodspace Gallery 2019.
Can you explain your technique as an artist and what you explore through your work?
LU CID: I often immerse myself in a subject matter very thoroughly in order to create something in response. It’s a lot less clinical than it sounds, I usually just find myself being drawn down a rabbit hole and it becomes a sort of necessity to respond to it creatively. With Noxious I had read the book “The Hidden Life of Trees” by Peter Wohlleben and absolutely loved it, and had slowly become infatuated with mushrooms and fungi after several foraging trips, then Nicole asked me if native fauna and flora sparked anything for me. It was perfect timing, really.
Nicole Pingon: My ‘technique’ is constantly evolving and changing with each project. At the moment, I’m mostly dabbling with live performance, writing and audio storytelling. They all utilise different skills, but a technique that exists across all of them is ‘go with the flow.’ I like to follow my curiosity and intuition, and see where it leads me. Across most of my work thus far, I tend to delve into the magic and curiosities of the everyday. At the moment, questions that keep coming up surround liveness, connection, ecology and performance. I also seem to love small creatures, like insects and bugs.
Photo by Tim da-Rin, pictured: Ruby King in Spider In My Soup, Shopfront Arts CoOperative 2019.
Do you keep some kind of diary for inspiration? Or a collection of images, film clips, etc for inspiration?
LU CID: Journals are my go to. I have a lot of rubbish thoughts floating around my head so I need somewhere to jot a sentence down or it just gets forgotten in the moment. Most of the stuff I journal ends up reading like gibberish at first, but might come in use a few days or a week or months later.
Nicole Pingon: I journal fairly regularly, mostly in the form of stream of consciousness. My phone notes are also a dumping ground for short snippets of thoughts from the day, and things I’ve encountered. At the moment, I’m capturing audio clips of everyday sounds on my phone when I remember. I also have a few Google Docs with lots of links to articles and papers I am yet to read!
Who are your favourite artists/ performers/ writers/ etc? Who do you draw inspiration from?
LU CID: Performance artists have always held a special place in my heart. The procedure of depersonalisation in a sense that performance requires inspired my usage of the name LU CID in reference to my performative pieces. Orlan, Marina Abramovic, Francis Alÿs, Yves Klein, and Yoko Ono were the names that made me fall in love with performance art. Currently however, new digital mediums that have particularly come out of the woodwork during quarantine have been really inspiring to my daily practice. I spend a lot of time outdoors – and yet you can experience virtual worlds through modern technology from your phone – the juxtaposition is exciting and really sparks an interest in how these worlds intertwine for me.
Nicole Pingon: I also love the work of Marina Abramovic and Yoko Ono! Artists and writers that have influenced me lately include Ben Okri, Rachel Carson, Björk, and Hofesh Schechter. I draw a lot of inspiration from the natural world, and am deeply inspired by the people around me.
Instagram – @lucwyl
Website – www.lucidproject.net
Shopfront Arts Co-op:
Artbomb will be on display at Hurstville Museum & Gallery from 9 June – 26 July 2020.