Tell us a bit about Energy. What is the premise behind the performance?
The four events are all spontaneous visual representations, from spirit to form. I work extensively as a public artist and a contemporary artist. For this event, I have combined these artforms to deliver a one of a kind experience.
When and how did the idea of combining skateboarding and painting in such a way come to you?
I first performed this style of public art skateboarding in 2013 at the sculpture by the sea in Bondi. Since then, I’ve been very busy practicing my artform representing energy within places and spaces.
You will be painting the likes of Lisa Edwards, Cash Savage, Sarah McLeod and Mick Harvey. How did you come to choose these four subjects?
The final lineup just aligned. I grew up skateboarding and playing drums to tracks by Sarah from The Superjesus. I met Lisa when filming her in a music video production back in 2009, early in my career. Cash and Mick are so vibrant and one of a kind, I had many friends listening to Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds when I studied music videos at University in London in 2006.
How will the performance be presented across the four events?
I have commissioned the sound musicians to accompany me on stage; I believe without sound there is no light. The cymatic sound musicians will use musical equipments such as the handpan drum, singing bowls, gongs and harmonic overtone vocals. The sound performance has been composed to create a sound bath, a layering of sonic representations from the subjects’ consciousness.
Brett Ashby’s Energy comes to Gasworks Arts Park from Thursday September 12 to Saturday September 14 with two events on the Saturday. Grab your tix via the Fringe website.