The 'Krabi' Project
'The Krabi Project’, follows a Logan River Fiddler Crab on a quest to find refuge in a chaotic world. The project was initially concerned with transposing the mating dance of Australian Peacock Spiders onto an animated 3D crab. However, it evolved into a visual arts investigation comprised of a series of mesmerizing video installations which explore anxiety, Jungian notions of the shadow and our collective fear of the unknown.
This project is a creative research collaboration between visual storyteller Merri Randell (CQUniversity) and animator Chris Denaro. Merri and Chris have worked together for many years and have an international professional track record in the Film and Television industry. Both practitioners have exhibited and screened their work locally, nationally and internationally, and have been included in numerous art prize finalist exhibitions.
Research outcomes from this project were presented at the 2019 Blender conference (Amsterdam) and exhibited at the Logan Art Gallery from 4 December 2020 – 16 January 2021 (pre-covid this exhibition was scheduled to take place May 2020.)
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'Touching the Mauri' (Randell 2018)
'Touching the Mauri' is a multi-projection immersive AV installation created for the 'He kākano āhau' (I am a seed) exhibition at the Logan Art Gallery. The journey of 'Touching the Mauri' travels from Peru to Hawaii to New Zealand and back to Australia, blending magical landscape creation story myths from a childhood in a rural Anglo Māori Australian Mormon household to fold time on itself.
This artwork has also been shown in Sydney at the 'Plant + Human' exhibition (Feb-Apr 2019) at the Australian Centre for Photography (ACP), in Brisbane as part of the Pacific Arts Association International Symposium 'Coming Together Through Strength & Culture' (Mar 2019) and at the 2019 Moreton Bay Region Art Awards exhibition (May 2019). This project is supported by the Regional Arts Development Fund, a partnership between the Queensland Government and Logan City Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.
Bunya: Whip Roots (Randell 2015)
2015 Queensland Regional Art Awards finalist and touring exhibition, 2016 [UN] natural urges exhibition Brenda May Gallery (SYD), 2015 Arts meets Science exhibition (BNE)
The Fen: Friggy (Randell 2013)
2016 [UN] natural urges: Brenda May Gallery (SYD), 2015 Sunshine Coast Art Prize finalist, AntiMation touring exhibition (BNE, CNS, SYD), 2015 Paramor Prize: Art+Innovation finalist exhibition, 2014 Brisbane Experimental Art Festival (BEAF), 2014 Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP) Salon exhibition (MEL), Virion Festival, Parer Place (BNE)
The Fen: Furnace (Randell 2013)
2016 [UN] natural urges exhibition Brenda May Gallery (SYD), 2014 Noosa Art Award finalist exhibition, 2014 BEAF, 2014 CCP Salon exhibition (MEL), Virion Festival, Parer Place (BNE), Crane Arts Icebox (US),
Bellmore: Roots (Randell 2015)
2016 Queensland Regional Art Awards finalist and touring exhibition, 2016 [UN] natural urges exhibition Brenda May Gallery (SYD), 2016 Arts meets Science exhibition (BNE), 2016 Uncanny Nature exhibition Logan Art Gallery, 2015 CCP Salon exhibition (MEL), 2015 Logan BushCare Residency exhibition
The Fen: Pan 14 (Randell 2014)
2016 [UN] natural urges exhibition Brenda May Gallery (SYD), 2016 Uncanny Nature exhibition Logan Art Gallery, 2014 Hans Heysen Art Award finalist exhibition , 2014 Clayton Utz Art Award finalist (noted) exhibition, 2014 BEAF, Virion Festival, Parer Place (BNE), Crane Arts Icebox (US)
crosseXions: Gash (Randell 2016)
2016 crosseXions touring exhibition: Metro-Arts (BNE), Cross Arts Projects and Alaska Projects (SYD), 2016 Arts meets Science Exhibition (BNE), 2016 Busybrick ARI happening (BNE)