Alexander Boynes: Water Stories

12 November 2016

Water Stories is a large-scale video installation featured as the culmination of the Public Art Festival  Contour 556 in the Fitter’s Workshop at Kingston Arts precinct.

As a collaborative work, Water Stories featuring dancers and musicians with the visual emerges on large scale screens and becomes mesmerising and fascinating. It had its genesis in their involvement in Arnhembrand, an art, science and stories project to promote a healthy country and community in the Djelk Indigenous Protected Area, in Arnhemland.

As well the collaboration with PRAXIS, is another string to the very talented and innovative Boynes’ cache of ideas established with dancer/choreographer Laura Boynes and cellist/composer Tristen Parr with the combinations bombarding the senses with colour, light, movement and sound to utilise the space, where once fitters and turners plied their craft.

How good to see video art taken to new and intriguing heights, to wander the installation and create shadow play with the images and intrude into the story inadvertently, but with picture opportunities at every turn. And I did with the guiding hand of Robert Boynes, Alexander’s dad and one of our most talented artist/teachers. He’s the only person I’ll let check my photos of him! And to see the extraordinary talent of Alexander is an opportunity to see his talent diverging and creating new and exciting visual, physical and auditory collaborations.

As a finale for the Contour 556 festival it augurs well for the future of this innovative Public Art Festival.