LOSS. GAIN. REVERB. DELAY is an ambitious sound and sculptural work-in-development, which explores knowledge transmission through time and across land, referencing specific landmarks and correlations between Aboriginal knowledge and scientific discovery.
The project is part of a body of work by emerging artist Brad Harkin that focuses on the complex relationships that link cultural history and scientific enquiry. It builds on his work PALM VALLEY, exhibited at CACSA in 2015.
In PALM VALLEY, the results of research carried out into the origin of the Red Cabbage Palm is linked thematically to ideas of reconstruction of cultural identity. The Red Cabbage Palm is a threatened and significant species found in the Finke Gorge National Park, which is on Arrernte Aboriginal land in Central Australia.
Brad will continue his research into the Red Cabbage Palm, alongside experimentation with hybrids of sound and visual art, culminating in a large, multi-sited installation in Adelaide and Central Australia in 2017.
Brad Harkin is an emerging South Australian artist. His current practice is concentrated on sound and installation art, exploring themes of cultural identity. His background in music production and Bachelor in Visual Arts has resulted in an amalgamation of visuals and audio in his artworks.
He has been working in the visual arts sector in both South Australian and interstate galleries for the past five years, and had the privilege of working with many artists while installing their exhibitions.
Most recently he has worked at Flinders University teaching Painting and Studio Practice courses. His work has been exhibited in spaces at the University of South Australia, the Adelaide Festival Centre in the 2014 exhibition Our Mob Contemporary: Behind the Glass, and most recently in 2015 at the Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia with his exhibition PALM VALLEY. Harkin identifies with both his Anglo Australian and Narungga Aboriginal heritage.