Contemporary artist Alex Karaconji has joined us for ARTMonth working in a studio space within the school and contributing to a program of lessons and workshops with students as our Artist in Residence!  Alex is working with Art-stream classes and running special workshops in painting, drawing and animation.  For more information see our weekly photo diary below. 


The AiR project has been made possible through a 2017 VADEA NSW grant. 


AiR Photo Diary

Sink painting in progress
Self Portrait in Computer Screen
Still from collaborative work
'Late Night Television' by Alex Karaconji and Year 7 students at DHSVAD, 2017
Plein Air painting with Year 10
Painting with oils, Fauvism & Colour
Year 7 Animation!
Animation workshop underway...
Alex talks animation
Year 7 animation in progress
Year 7 Animation Workshop
Alex teaching Year 11
Year 11 on Cockatoo Island
Drawing workshop
Artist in Residence
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'The Invasion'

This animation was created with a class of Year 7 students...


Alex was invited to show a work at the National Art School as part of Sydney Art Month 2017 celebrations. Alex created a new collaborative work using footage from our Year 7 animation. This work was shown on the walls of the NAS on Wednesday the 8th of March.  The new work is called "Late Night Television" and can be seen here: https://vimeo.com/207285820 

Year 12 Students Lara and Halle interviewed Alex our Artist in Residence: 

In your work ‘The Flanuer’* you focus solely on your surroundings. What about your surroundings have driven or influenced you to make your work this way?


 So I was studying these surroundings each day, so it was the familiarity of the surroundings…but it was also the challenge of being able to make an artwork out of really mundane, everyday subject manner. If I could get someone to be interested in a chair or a flag then that was a good thing.


What artists are you inspired by?


Impressionist painters, so the 'flanuer' was a kind of a character that existed around the 1900s in France, so this is about the same time that you have impressionism, a little bit of expressionism, so these art movements all existed at the similar time. People like Monet, Van Gogh, all the kind of artwork you’ll see in prints on walls at a GP or hospital. But,  in real life it was mind blowing.


When studying to become an artist did you have any doubts and how did you deal with them?


Definitely, a little bit of self confidence that bordered on delusion! So, I thought I was amazing, but I don’t know if it was grounded on anything substantial or true. You’ve got to kind of believe in yourself to the point where it almost becomes too much. It helps if you have supportive parents and high school teachers. If you have a cool, encouraging teacher, it ends up having a large influence that lasts a long time.


Do you Prefer working from life or a photograph?


That’s always been tricky because to be a good artist you are supposed to paint through life, the impressionists painted from life. But what I think I’ve realised is it doesn't matter what you use, it's the end result. So if you use photo, your imagination, its important not to get too caught up in those categories, anything really.


How have you enjoyed being an artist in residence? What has been a highlight?


It has been really good, the kids have been surprisingly really excited and interested and very focused, I’ve had a few cool classes. I did an animation class with the year sevens which was wicked. I got them to draw an image thirty-six times and they were actually pretty excited by it so that was a good, unexpected outcome.


How many drawings go into one of your animations?


For one second its twelve drawings, so if i’ve got three seconds thats thirty six drawings, so if I’ve got 6 minutes, it’s a long process


When you finished studying, how did you get yourself known and start out your art career?


Art school was really good because they introduce you to people you meet in creative franchises which mentor you to get to know gallery owners. It’s a slow process of meeting people, getting your name out, putting work into prizes and stuff like that. It’s a very slow career so, you shouldn't be too impatient.

*Students can view Alex's work 'The Flanuer' and other works by Alex on his vimeo site: https://vimeo.com/user53308768/videos