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College / University
B.App.Sc degree in Applied Biology, RMIT University, Dip Art & Design, Prahran CAE, Dip Ed. Charles Darwin University
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If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
Conceptual, Digital, Photography, Video
I am...
very much interested in environmental and political art, ie art with a message and consciousness. This is the most crucial time in history when all artists should be focusing on current world affairs and the directions of world societies because we, as artists, have a duty to analyse, decode and inform the world masses through the subtle persuasion of art what is really happening to us and our world. It is crunch time, rampant materialism will be our doom if the sleeping masses are not woken.
About my artwork
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.
The BODYSCAPES are created in the computer through a process whereby 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 surrealism.
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.
Artists I like
Man Ray, Bill Brandt, Miro, Brancussi
Music, photography, film, sculpture, environment
Centre of the artworld:
nowhere and everywhere

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At 4:32 on October 18, 2012, Neil Howe said…

All video art work is now posted at https://www.youtube.com/user/neilbs01?feature=mhee
as well as at vimeo.com

At 7:24 on April 27, 2011, Rossello Damiano said…
At 10:17 on February 24, 2011, Bill Millett said…
cheers Neil, like your work it has the same texture and mysticism as Peter Doigs paintings
At 22:59 on November 26, 2010, stephenmead said…
Your videos here and on Vimeo are incredible: how shapes morph as if out of oil slicks set against the dialogue as soundtracks is thoroughly visceral.
At 7:48 on September 5, 2010, moira said…
you captured the essence-that makes a v good photographer
At 12:53 on August 20, 2010, alison williams said…
Sazmanab Project gallery in Tehran, Iran

proudly presents HEP Iran 2010 in September

Curated by Sohrab M. Kashani and Alison Williams.

The HEP artists works selected from the pool of HEP works run as follows:
Iran 2010 HEP - curatorial Alison Williams

1.Michael Douglas Hawk and Lizet Benrey "secret place" Germany/Mexico
2.Glenn Church "I is another" USA
3.48073 "09066 silence" Netherlands
4.Michael Chang "on silence" Denmark
5.Behjat Omer "whistle conversation Miran & Celine" UK/Kurdistan
6.Anders Weberg "JE SUIS PÈRE ET MON PÈRE EST PÈRE" Sweden
7.Niclas Hallberg "american dream" Sweden *
8.Manfred Marburger "proud" UK
9.Mads Lungdahl "the source" Denmark
10.Edwin Stolk "turbulence" Netherlands
11.Amina Bech "tranquility" Norway
12.Alberto Guerreiro "liquid force" Portugal
13.Elena Skoko "miss cencetti waiting" Italy
14.Hakan Akcura "catharsis" Turkey/Sweden
15.Anthony Elliot "get a job nbr 2" UK
16.Jerry King Musser "reluctant angels" USA
17.Bill Millett "fragmented amygdala "UK
18.Danny Germansen "wish" Denmark
19.German Britch "garbage face" Argentina
20.Ulf Kristiansen "the hope of enduring long" Norway
21.Neil Howe "when I grow up" Australia

The Iran artists list will go up soon (curatorial Sohrab M. Kashani) - he is in the process of making his ultimate decision on those works.

any queries please email alison_oblivion@yahoo.com

Further details will follow re the exact dates of the September screening in Tehran as well as details about the opening. A special opening will be announced once we have all those details and news will follow on that.

thanks HEP - and well done Iran - Sohrab M. Kashani for his enthusiasm and perseverance in making this screening possible for us!


Tags: 2010, HEP, Iran, Kashani, M., Sohrab
At 10:44 on April 12, 2009, mike hinc said…
At 9:09 on March 16, 2009, Manfred Marburger said…
Hi Neil,
Thanks for friendship. I agree, we share quite a number of thoughts and have a lot in common otherwise (music, thoughts on environmental questions, war and peace...) and I love the way you write about "editing"
in your profile.
I have 2 videos in HEP 2009. I have yet to check out FocFest.
Glad to have connected with you.
Stay in touch
At 13:21 on February 5, 2009, alison williams said…
dear Neil - your work "Genesis" will screen as a special introduction to the launch with a readin by Meg Oakley in my absence.

it will of course also play during the 2 week gallery hire period.

At 8:21 on October 5, 2008, Jemima Puddleduck- Idiosynchronist said…
Hi Neil- good stuff!- take a look at us as well www.niccosta.com


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