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Artist Statement -



You might say I am a post-postmodernist, my art is eclectic, I borrow from contemporary electronic media and from the past to create new digital images. The images I create I call ‘BODYSCAPES’, that is, landscapes of the human body and it's social condition.
These BODYSCAPES are created in the computer through a process where photographic images of the human body, either photographed by the artist or sourced and collaged from the public domain, are transformed into a simulated landscape that is richly varied in form and texture, in essence a virtual 3D matrix populated with simulated organic forms which in part are influenced by Bill Brandt’s enigmatic figures in the landscape and Man Ray’s experiments with light and form.
These landscapes of the body, while synthetic, deliberately remind the viewer of forms and textures from the natural world but at the same time confound with unexpected surrealism prompting questions like, where is the light coming from? Is it a body part or a rock form?
So BODYSCAPES are about landscapes in and of the body, this concerns both form and meaning encompassing social politics as well as politics of the body. In other words I present both the microcosm of the human body as well as the macrocosm of humanity, its strengths, weaknesses, beauty and ugliness.
My images can be confronting, I see them as a social realism.
Secrets, In the Name Of, Behind Bamboo, Envy, Texas Tea and other images from my previous exhibitions* probe the human condition but it is in the eye of the beholder where the meanings are to be found, they are different for each person who views my work. At one exhibition two women, friends of the same age viewed the same work, Waiting for Nesara, one saw life and birth the other saw death and decay.
Sometimes deliberately wrapped in ambiguity, there are many layers of meaning that might be imbued by the viewer. I invite you to use your imagination.
Neil Howe

Artist Exhibitions



Born 1951 in Melbourne, B.App Sc. RMIT 1973, Dip Art & Design, Prahran CAE 1980, (studied sculpture under John Davis & David Wilson, photography under Athol Shmith & film with Paul Cox), Dip Ed. Charles Darwin Univerity.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS - NEIL HOWE
1979-80 Performance events by The Collective at Melba Hall, Melbourne University, Latrobe University, RMIT Arts Festival, RMIT Gallery, Deakin University, Geelong,Swinburne Institute of Technology, Caulfield Institute of Technology, Caf'e Theodore, Sydney, plus five commissioned outdoor performances for the Moomba Festival, Melbourne presented in collaboration with 'Community Celebrations'.
1981 First Australian Sculpture Triennial, Melbourne.
1982 Video exhibition, Rosslyn Oxely 9 Gallery, Sydney.
1985 "Sculpture 85", group sculpture exhibition, Melbourne Exhibition Centre.
1985 Solo painting exhibition, Mills Street Gallery, Melbourne.
1986 Video exhibition, Adelaide Fringe Arts Festival, Adelaide.
1988 First Australian Video Festival, Sydney.
1989 Second Australian Video Festival, Sydney.
1989 Created live video synthesized wall for Stelarc's "Event for Video Shadow, Automatic Arm and Third Hand", Caulfield City Arts Complex, Melbourne.
1998 Sound environment and videography for "Display of the Bird King", performance by Kevin Mortensen, Lake Burley Griffon, Canberra and photo/video exhibition at Canberra School of Art Gallery.
2000 "Bodyscapes ", solo exhibition of digital images, the Photographers Gallery, Sth Yarra.
2000 Sound environment and videography of "Limnophilous Longirostral", performance by Kevin Mortensen, Noosa, Qld. Exhibition of digital images and sound installation, Noosa Regional Art Gallery, Qld.
2002 "Pixxelpoint", international group exhibition of digital art, Metna Gallery, Nova Gorica, Slovenia.
2002 International group exhibition of digital art, Foundation Fita, Catalonia, Spain
2003 "Bodyscapes II", solo exhibition of digital images, the Photographers Gallery, Sth Yarra.
2003 "Bid for Freedom", group exhibition, Glen Eira City Art Gallery, Melbourne.
2004 "Postcards", group exhibition, Linden Gallery, Melbourne.
2004 "Bid for Freedom 2", group exhibition, Glen Eira City Art Gallery, Melbourne.
2004 "Memorial for the Victims of Terror", group web exhibition, New York, USA.
2004 "Diesel-New-Art", group web exhibition, Copenhagen, Denmark.
2004 Group exhibition, Kinross House Art Centre, Melbourne.
2005 “Bid for Freedom 3”, group exhibition, Glen Eira City Art Gallery, Melbourne.
2005 “Diesel New Art”, group web exhibition, Copenhagen, Denmark.
2005 ‘D-Art’, group exhibition, 9th International Conference of Information Visualization, Greenwich University, London, UK.
2005 “Bodyscapes III”, solo exhibition, Uniting Arts Toorak. Melbourne.
2005 ‘Prix Ars Electronica,’ group exhibition, Linz, Austria
2005 ‘Artists Against Sedition Laws Exhibition’, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Liverpool Regional Museum.
2006 ‘Bid For Freedom 4’, group exhibition, Glen Eira City Art Gallery, Melbourne.
2006 ‘Heartspace’, group exhibition, Adelaide Festival Gallery, Adelaide.
2006 ‘Bodyscapes 2000-2006’, solo survey exhibition, Brunswick St. Gallery, Fitzroy.
2006 ‘Thirteen – Portrait of a Teenager’, solo exhibition & book launch, Uniting Arts Toorak, Melbourne.
2006 ‘Changing Nature’, group exhibition, The Gallery in Darling Park, Sydney.
2006 Rooftop Film Festival, New York, USA
2007 ‘Techno Art’, Lapart Wallspace Gallery, Brisbane.
2007 ‘Piemonte Share Festival, group IT exhibition, Torino, Italy
2007 ‘Global Warming Show’, group exhibition, Asylum Gallery, Sacramento, USA
2007 ‘International Postcard Show,’ group exhibition, Circa Magazine, Dublin Ireland
2007 ‘Snap to the Grid’, group exhibition, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, USA
2007 ‘Digital Fringe’, group web exhibition, Melbourne Fringe Arts Festival.
2007 Video Art Festival, group exhibition with Kevin Mortensen, City of Dandenong, Melbourne.
2008 ‘Magmart International Videoart Festival’, Casoria Contemporary Art Museum, Naples, Italy
2008 “Who Let the Dogs Out”, touring group exhibition with Kevin Mortensen, Lake Maquarie City Art Gallery, NSW, & Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, NSW
2008 ‘Bid 4 Freedom’, group exhibition, Glen Eira City Art Gallery, Melbourne.
2008 ‘Weep Leviathan’, group exhibition, Collingwood Gallery, Melbourne.
2008 ‘Arte Bogota 08’, group exhibition, Esto No Es Una Galeria, Bogota, Columbia
2008 ‘Digital Media Street Festival’, group exhibition, The Gertrude Association, Melbourne.
2008 ‘FocFest’, international video art festival, Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art,
NPAK/ACCEA, Yerevan, Armenia.
2008 ‘FocFest’ Freedom of Choice international film festival, Fabrica do Braco de Prata, Lisbon, Portugal and simultaneously at Ciplak Ayaklar Studio Istanbul, Turkey.
2009 “Human Emotion Project”, international group exhibition, Guildford Lane Gallery, Melbourne.
2009 ‘Ern Malley. The Hoax and Beyond’, group exhibition, Heide Museum of Modern Art, NGV, Melbourne.
2009 “Human Emotion Project”, international group exhibition, Garden of the Ceramic Museum (State Museum), Caldas-da-Rainha, Lisbon, Portugal.
2009 Art for Peace, international group exhibition, Dolmabrahce Art Gallery (State Gallery) Istanbul, Turkey and Fotografevi (Istanbul Photography Centre), Istanbul, Turkey.
2010 ‘HEP Poland’, international group exhibition, Parakino, CSW bath, Gdansk, Poland.
2010 ‘AusThetic’, group video art exhibition, Federation Square, Melbourne.
2010 ‘ArtFelt’, group exhibition, Northern Rivers Community Art Gallery, NSW.
2010 ‘HEP Paris’, international group exhibition, Gallerie Younique, Paris, France.
2010 “Program 45” international video art broadcast on Transfera TV, Madrid, Spain
2010 ‘Human Emotion Project Iran, international group exhibition, Mohsen Art Gallery and Sazmanab Project, Tehran, Iran.
2010 “Shapes of Peace”, international group exhibition, W-AFPIAAP, Peace Week, Sanski, Sarajevo, Boznia Herzegovina
2010 Nimbin Film Festival, Australia
2010 Istanbul Art Fair, Tuyap Exhibition and Congress Centre, Istanbul, Turkey
2010 MADATAC Metropolis Awards, broadcast on TV2 National Spanish TV and Spanish International Channel.
2011 Time is Love 4, international touring exhibition curated by Kisito Assangni, Centro Contemporanea d’Arte Ticino, Bellinzona, Switzerland.
2011 Time is Love 4, international touring exhibition, Hexagon Space, Baltimore, USA
2011 Time is Love 4, international curated exhibition, Sint-Lukas University Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
2011 D-ART, international group exhibition, 15th International Conference Information Visualization & Computer Graphics, Brunei Gallery, London University, UK.
2011 Group exhibition, The Channon Art Gallery, NSW
2011 ‘Mirror Mirror’, international curated exhibition, Bittes Gallery, Ribe, Denmark.
2011 Time is Love 4’, curated international exhibition, Espace apArt, Guanghzou, China
2011 ‘Hello’, group exhibition, Art For Peace Interaction Space, Istanbul, Turkey.
2011 Blue Banana Video Festival, international group exhibition, Landau, Bavaria, Germany.
2011 ‘Chain Letter’, international curated exhibition, Samson Gallery, Boston, USA. Part of a world wide simultaneous exhibition of admired artists in Los Angeles, Zurich, Berlin, Boston, London, Paris, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Johannesburg, and Seoul.
2011 W-AFPIAAP, Balkans international touring exhibition, Istanbul, Sofia, Sarajevo, Mostar, Dubrovnik, Montenegro, Belgrade, Bucharest.
2011 ‘Art for Peace – Balkans’, W-AFPIAA group exhibition, Herastau Art Gallery, Bucharest, Romania.
2011 ‘Time is Love 4’, curated international exhibition, Bildetage Gallery, Vienna, Austria.
2012 Byron Bay International Film Festival, Australia
2012 HEP Mexico, curated international video art exhibition, 2* Bataclan InterNacional, Cine Cuidadela, Mexico City, Mexico.
2012 Best of Blue Banana Video Festival, Kastenhof Museum, Landau, Bavaria.
2013 “Time is Love 6”, international curated exhibition, Mori + Stein Gallery, London, UK.
2013 “Time is Love 6”, international curated exhibition, Sazmanab Project, Tehran, Iran.
2013 Tea in a Thunder Cup, Peanut Underground Art Gallery, New York, USA during the Armory Show.
2013 “Tea in a Thunder Cup”, Cinema X, Ex Teresa Arte Actual, Instuto Nacional de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, Mexico.
2013 “Time is Love 6”, international group exhibition, Peanut Underground Art Project, New York.
2013 “Art for Peace International Art Action”, touring group exhibition, New Delhi and Alwar City Exhibition Hall, India
2013 NordArt 2013, international group exhibition, Kunstwerk Carlshutte, Budelsdorf, Germany
2013 Fonlad, international group exhibition, HEP, 9th edition Festival de Artes Digitais,
Espaço de Artes Multimédia e Performance, Coimbra, Portugal.
2013 Time is Love 6, International Nomadic Performance Festival, Stiftelsen 3,14, Bergen, Norway.
2013 Facade Video Festival, Art of Today Association, Centre for Contemporary Art, Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
2013 A Book About Death – Australia, group exhibition, Tweed River Art Gallery, Australia.
2013 Blue Banana Video Festival, international group exhibition, KultKino, Landau, Bavaria
2013 A Photo from Oz, group exhibition, Bucharest, Romania
2014 Azores Fringe Festival, Mirateca Arts, Pico, Azores Islands.
2014 Byron Bay International Film Festival, Australia.

Bibliography
1981 “Performance, Then & Now in Australia”.Art Network issue 3&4.
1983 “Live Art” ed Jane Kent & Anne Marsh.
1984 “Sculpture Park: A Proposal”, Australia Council for the Arts.
1993 “Body & Self” by Anne Marsh, Oxford University Press.
2004 “Rayograph”, Man Ray special edition, UQ Vanguard, March edition.
2005 Exhibition preview, Melbourne Times, Fairfax Press.
2005 Exhibition preview, Heidelberg Weekly.
2006 Exhibition preview, Melbourne Times, Fairfax Press.
2006 Exhibition preview, Heidelberg Weekly, Fairfax Press.
2006 ‘Thirteen – Portrait of a Teenager’, Neil Howe, InkLink Press.
2009 ‘Ern Malley. The Hoax and Beyond’ by David Rainey. Heide Museum of Modern Art. Melbourne.
2009 ‘Idiosynchronism’ by Nic Costa, Arteri magazine, Nov issue

Awards
1980 Powell Street Gallery Sculpture Prize.
1981 Australia Council for the Arts research grant.
1984 Australia Council for the Arts publishing grant.
2009 Janet Holmes a'Court Artist Grant, NAVA
2010 Metropolis Award, MADATAC, Madrid, Spain
2011 Multiple awards, Blue Banana Video Art Festival, Landau, Germany

Collections
Numerous private collections in Australia, USA, South America and Europe.
National Film & Sound Archive, Australia.
State Library of Victoria.
National Library of Australia.
University of South Australia Library.
Queensland State Library.
Library in London, UK

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Artist Collections



Numerous private collections in Australia, USA, South America, Republic of South Africa and Europe.
National Film & Sound Archive, Australia.
State Library of Victoria.
University of South Australia Library.
Queensland State Library.
Library in London, UK
National Library of Australia.
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