Gerry Joe Weise - portrait

Gerry Joe Weise

Australia 1959

Installation, Photography, Land Art

www.gerryjoeweise.com

Gerry Joe Weise
Male
Australia
1959
July 5, 2019
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Australian Land artist Gerry Joe Weise uses natural materials such as pigments, earth, minerals and vegetation. He is a very fine draftsman, whereupon drawing a line in nature, is of the utmost importance for his environmental installations. Demonstrated by the “Ground Paintings” made of pigment powder lines on earth, to the monumental outdoor “Black Charcoal Lines” drawn with nature-friendly carbon. Since 1980, Weise has traced many lines across Australia, Europe and the United States.

Gerry Joe Weise - Environmental Squiggly Art, 2015
Gerry Joe Weise – Environmental Squiggly Art, 2015

The ephemeral in Weise’s artwork outside on rocky shores, in woodlands, in the desert, or on sandy beaches, all fall subject to erosion and seasonal weather. Gauging the indefinite continued progress of existence, in the past, present and future. He is measuring time, as tides, rain and wind, transform Weise’s artwork. Some of his installations on sandy beaches are swept away within less than 12 hours, by the waves of the next high tide.

Gerry Joe Weise - Water Rings with Aboriginal sacred island Giidany Miirlarl, 2015
Gerry Joe Weise – Water Rings with Aboriginal sacred island Giidany Miirlarl, 2015

Rearranging inspiring landscapes, causes us to behold a land environment differently. Weise wants us to be mindful of minute detail, and to examine what is before us with scrutiny. He plays with the perspective and the forms that make up a landscape. He focuses on installations, that compliment the surroundings to create a harmony, deploying natural materials that come from the earth itself. Weise calls this labor of love, “expressionistic earthworks on land environments”.

Gerry Joe Weise - Pathway at Kangaroo River State Forest, 2015
Gerry Joe Weise – Pathway at Kangaroo River State Forest, 2015

The “Black Charcoal Line”, created on the Australian eastern coastline, is of a colossal scale, attaining over 900 meters. Weise believes that the overall size helps the installation, to co-occur with the environment, while being uniform with the lay of the land. This is represented in many of his works with his conceptual idea concerning, “nature has many truths”, and that, “nature loves diversity, while society abhors it”.

Gerry Joe Weise - Black Charcoal Line 990 Yards, 2018
Gerry Joe Weise – Black Charcoal Line 990 Yards, 2018

Regarding the pigment lines on earth called “Ground Paintings”, Weise translates different cultures into new arrangements of symbols, to fashion the unique. He also seeks to investigate nature in relationship to mineral, water and vegetation. Believing that we are not different from our natural surroundings, Weise has become more active with ecological issues of our planet.

Gerry Joe Weise - Red Ground Painting number 4, 2015
Gerry Joe Weise – Red Ground Painting number 4, 2015

The indoor “Ground Paintings” exhibited at various art spaces, are tailored to fit the gallery area. Whereas most of the outdoor installations that are ephemeral of nature, and usually on a large scale; these are photographed and later exhibited as prints. There are also the preliminary drawings of the installations, capturing the act of creation. He rarely works in a standard artist’s studio, preferring to choose the countryside, where he creates among awe-inspiring locations in secluded lofty landscapes.

Gerry Joe Weise - Environment Tunnel - the Opposite to Nature is Nothingness, 2019
Gerry Joe Weise – Environment Tunnel – the Opposite to Nature is Nothingness, 2019

Gerry Joe Weise was awarded Best Installation Art Prize, for “Ground Painting”, at the CCA Award, in Munich, Germany. Awarded Prix du Conseil General, at the Grand Prix de France des Arts Plastiques, a prestigious national Contemporary art award in France. He was voted 3rd Best “In Situ” Artists, by the international Land Art Info Magazine.

Featured image: Gerry Joe Weise – portrait
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YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2019Gerry Joe WeiseContemporary Artist Space, San Francisco, United StatesSolo
2019Land ArtSouthern Cross University Library, Coffs Harbour, AustraliaSolo
2019Australian ArtistsHouse of Arts Gallery, Munich, GermanyGroup
2018Nature Art LinesWilson Gallery, London, Great BritainSolo
2018Nature Art LinesLand Art Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland, AustraliaSolo
2018Ephemeral Artworks of 12 ArtistsPowerhouse Arts Centre, Liverpool, Great BritainGroup
2018My Land – Your LandContemporary Art Gallery, Sydney, AustraliaGroup
2017L.A.M.P. Land Art Multimedia ProjectWarehouse 80, Sydney, AustraliaSolo
2017World NatureKingston Art Gallery, New York City, United StatesGroup
2016Ground PaintingsTransient Land Art Gallery, Melbourne, AustraliaSolo
2016L.A.M.P. Land Art Multimedia ProjectWarehouse 80, Sydney, AustraliaSolo
2016Sculpture Park 2016 editionBindarri National Park, AustraliaGroup
2015Ground PaintingsPerspective Horizon Gallery, Sydney, AustraliaSolo
2015Ground PaintingsWebster Art Gallery, Los Angeles, United StatesSolo
2014Draw a Thought / Dessiner une PenseeBibliotheque Municipale Patrimoniale Suzanne Martinet, Laon, FranceSolo
2014Earth Spirit / L'Esprit de la TerreCentre Culturel Le Mail, Soissons, FranceGroup
201312 Months / Les Douze MoisMediatheque de Montreuil, Laon, FranceSolo
2013Earth Lines - Land ArtSculpture Park, Cagliari, Sardinia, ItalySolo
2009Earth Spirit / L'Esprit de la TerreConservatoire, Laon, FranceGroup
2008New Real NatureKunstverein, Buchholz IdN, GermanySolo
2007Nature WideJunction Gallery, New York City, United StatesSolo
2007Where To Now?Artist's Space Gallery, New York City, United StatesGroup
2006NightscapesJam Factory, Adelaide, AustraliaSolo
2006Gallery ArtistsGalerie Ligne Roset, Reims, FranceGroup
2005Distorted NatureAncien Temple, Lacaze, FranceSolo
2005InstallationsSculpture Park, Brassac, FranceGroup
2004Nature NatureSculpture Park, Lac du Merle, FranceGroup
2003Earth Spirit / L'Esprit de la TerreChateau, Hotel de Vile, Brassac, FranceGroup
2002Earth Spirit / L'Esprit de la TerreCentre Culturel Les Salvages, FranceSolo and Group
2001Earth Spirit / L'Esprit de la TerreCCI, Castres, FranceGroup
2000Gerry Joe WeiseGalerie Jiwini, Albi, FranceSolo
2000Gallery ArtistsParc des Expositions, Caen, FranceGroup
2000Art PassionsGalerie d'Art, Boissezon, FranceGroup
2000Gerry Joe WeiseGalerie Out Of Australia, Toulouse, FranceSolo
1998Ground PaintingCCA, Munich, GermanySolo
1998Gerry Joe WeiseLB Art Gallery, Montreux, SwitzerlandSolo
1994L'UtopieCentre Culturel Ancien College, Sezanne, FranceSolo
1993Earth SpiralCAC, Brussels, BelgiumSolo
1993Gallery ArtistsGalerie Ligne Roset, Reims, FranceGroup
1992Sun EarthCentre Culturel Co-Temporaire, Troyes, FranceGroup
1991Underworld Earth WorksBK Galerie, Frankfurt, GermanySolo
1991L’UtopieEspace AGF, Reims, FranceSolo
1990The Sacred - Looking UpArthur Rimbaud Museum, Charleville-Mezieres, FranceSolo
1990Le Chant des RochesEspace AGF, Reims, FranceSolo
1990Le Chant des RochesLes Loges Gallery, Reims, FranceSolo
1990Le Chant des RochesRadio Station 93FM Gallery, Reims, FranceSolo
1989Earth MusicCentre Culturel Ocre d'Art, Chateauroux, FranceSolo
1989La Musique des SignesOpus Gallery, Reims, FranceSolo
1989Sacred Earth MusicEspace Tresor, Reims, FranceSolo
1989Installation THNO, Le Chant des RochesSculpture Park, Tinos Island, GreeceGroup
1988Common Ritual / Rituel CommunGalerie Clin d'Oeil, Toulouse, FranceGroup
1988Gerry Joe WeiseAustralian Embassy, Bonn, GermanySolo
1988Gerry Joe WeiseAustralian Embassy, Brussels, BelgiumSolo
1988Gerry Joe WeiseC.D.I. College Notre-Dame, Reims, FranceSolo
1988Earth Church InstallationsBasilique St Denis, Paris, FranceSolo
1988Earth Church InstallationsBasilique St Remi, Reims, FranceSolo
1988Earth Church InstallationsEglise, Viels St Remy, FranceSolo
1988Earth Church InstallationsEglise, Neuvizy, FranceSolo
1988Grandeur NatureSBAC Centre d'Arts Plastiques, Clamart, Paris, FranceGroup
1988Gerry Joe WeiseCentre Culturel Espace 13, Paris, FranceSolo
1987Transmythic Earth Exhibitions, RetrospectiveAustralian Embassy, Paris, FranceSolo
1987Transmythic Earth Exhibitions, RetrospectiveCentre Culturel du CROUS, Reims, FranceSolo
1987Transmythic Earth Exhibitions, RetrospectiveEspace AGF, Reims, FranceSolo
1987Transmythic Earth Exhibitions, RetrospectiveRestaurant Version Originale, Reims, FranceSolo
1987Transmythic Earth Exhibitions, RetrospectiveCafe du Palais, Reims, FranceSolo
1987Grande Prix de France des Arts PlastiquesAncien College, Reims, FranceGroup
1987Common Ritual / Rituel CommunAustralian Embassy, Paris, FranceGroup
1987Common Ritual / Rituel CommunGalerie La Lisiere, Reims, FranceGroup
1986MythorhythmicCentre Culturel Les Archers, Cambrai, FranceSolo
1986Gerry Joe WeiseCentre Culturel, Gaillon, FranceSolo
1985Gerry Joe WeiseGalerie La Grande Serre, Rouen, FranceSolo
1982Gallery ArtistsSchlosspavillon Ismaning (Galerie im Schlosspavillon) Munich, GermanyGroup