Symbiosis Collection 2003
Updated: Oct 7, 2019
This collection was first exhibited at Wabi Sabi, Fitzroy, Melbourne, 2003. It has also been exhibited at the Cheese Factory Gallery in the same year.
I have included some images from this series to show where I really started creating fine art images and my artistic style many years ago. It feels I spent a lifetime in the underground music and art festival scene around the world. Creating promotional material in the form of posts, flyers and music cd designs. I also spent a lot of time mixing live visuals synchronised to music for a dancing audience. Although I do not do this anymore I still find the challenge of creating still images with a sense of movement and depth is a direct result of these earlier experiences.
In this silence, 1000 symphony orchestras play and visions ignite in between internal / external breaths. An ambient journey between two storms has begun, parting the fog on the horizon and allowing true vision to penetrate the atmosphere. Elevated emotions and a heightened sense of awareness flicker through the morphing, evolving clouds of change as the sensation of the mystical absorbs us once again.This truly is one of the most amazing things we can experience as humans and to realise the interconnectedness of everyone and everything provides a timeless, fleeting moment of understanding.
Head in the clouds and feet on the ground, I believe we are spiritual beings having a human experience. Like creatures from the deep I present glimpses of a world which attempt to spark the imagination in people and take them to a place they have been before, but don’t quite remember until they are there. A timeless place of origins, where it all began and continues to grow in abstract languages, unlimited spectrums and possibilities allow your imagination run free and remember its as real as you want it to be.This series has been Influenced by artists Alex Grey and James Gleeson and also the underground sub-cultures of the world which dance to the natural rhythms of our planet and beyond.
Review by Rak Razaam 2007
Rak Razam is a freelance writer & media provocateur specializing in writing and editing books (fiction and non-fiction); scripts for the screen and feature articles. He is a founding editor of Undergrowth, Australia’s leading online counterculture arts & literature magazine.
speaks to us-not in the pitched cries or cramped scrawls that we humans call language- but in a visual language made of nature itself. The way a leaf falls and a cloud rolls, the timing of the sun rising above a cliff, or a storm breaking across water — all this and more is the secret language of the world and if you have the eyes to see it, you can speak it.
If you don’t have those eyes, the next best thing to do is to look, and appreciate, and grok the visual wizardry of Gerhard Hillmann. His lush, organic textures show us a world where nature speaks, where beauty and geometry can be found in the crease of a butterfly’s wings, the shape of a shell or the bloom of the vegetal world. In artwork collections such as “Texture in Time”, Hillmann juxtaposes organic textures with subtle and psychedelic layering, showing the true secret of nature, the sacred consciousness that creates, sustains and amazes. Hillmann’s work shows a maturity of intent that is executed with a refreshing subtlety. In his recent series — “Urban Beleaf” — he weaves in political, social and technological images that comment on the refugee problem, consumerism, the fear generated by the war on terror and much more onto the organic surface of leaves, counterpointing our human concerns upon organic canvases.
Much of his earlier work, including the seminal “Symbiosis” collection, focuses on hallucinogenic vistas that montage the natural world with the man made. The skin of a snake. A sunflower with its petals picked off. A mushroom tree of life. Sea urchins – it’s as if Hillman gets inside the point of view of earth’s creatures and looks out of their eyes they way they see the world in all it’s fractaling, infinite beauty, and then he serves it up on a canvas.
Hillmann’s photography and digital artwork is beyond linguistics, and compresses in the catch of an eye what would take an eternity to express. It is something to be seen, digested, and remembered as it spreads its visual message through you. And then maybe you too, will speak the language of the world…