Scott Eady: From Vladivostok with Love
July 11 - September 10
Scott Eady, ‘V‘ (2017), giclee photograph on Hahnemuhle Torchon paper, Collection of the Wallace Arts Trust
Scott Eady spent three months in the Russian Far East city of Vladivostok as the recipient of the first inaugural Martin Tate Wallace Artists Residency.
This new series of photographic work investigates things from everyday experiences that were both surprising and ordinary. They were things that had a profound effect on the direction of Eady’s research while on the residency.
The first month in Russia was spent observing the city and its surrounds through the eyes of Eady’s family of five. Negotiating his dual role as a father and artist; Eady embraced and made note of things other family members found interesting. For one of his sons, this was exploring the city of Vladivostok through the game Pokemon Go. Searching for the tallest statue of Jesus in the world became another preoccupation. Collecting the sound of summer Rock music playing at the seaside restaurant below the residency apartment; photographing and filming the Russian Pacific fleet from the apartment window; these were exciting shared experiences that informed some of the works produced for this exhibition.
After the departure of family Eady sought refuge by establishing daily and weekly routines. Walking the length of the beach every morning picking up sea glass and other tidal detritus; buying and photographing flowers to send home – one bunch/photograph a week for each week away.
Born in Auckland in 1972, Scott Eady currently resides in Dunedin. Graduating with an MFA from Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland in 1999, Eady exhibits nationally and internationally on a regular basis. The artist was awarded the prestigious Frances Hodgkins Fellowship at the University of Otago in 2002 and the Wallace Award Development prize in 2003. He currently lectures in Sculpture at Dunedin School of Art at Otago Polytechnic.