(By Louise Wright)
Australian artist Andrew Kidman works in many mediums. Each discipline, be it music, writing, painting, photography, surfboard shaping or films is born from his innate connection to the ocean.
Kidman’s documented and recorded works evolve over many years, allowing them to take on a life of their own. His patience and dedication to subject is remarkably rare in the modern day commercial arena.
Often dealing directly with the documentation of his peers and his own personal experiences, the stories he chooses to tell don’t expire but grow more complex with time.
Kidman’s ability to move through multiple mediums allows his work to reveal a particular richness. In this way the audience is given a genuine and overall sense of the subject.
His other work, particularly the writing and performing of music, reflects his tender sensibilities and love of story.
The end result offers an un-namable and moving familiarity to those it reaches. Yet it consistently embodies an unfamiliar meditative ‘otherness’ very particular to him. This ethereal aspect is an invitation to take a deeper look.
Kidman is currently putting the finishing touches on a new surfing film and book, due for release late November 2010.
The Windy Hills, the band Kidman plays in will release their debut record to coincide with his new film.
Portrait photograph by Patrick Trefz
Searching for Michael Peterson, 2009
Iron Eagle, The Brown Birds of Windy Hill 2009
All At Sea, Andrew Kidman 2009
Three Sails to the Wind, The Brown Birds of Windy Hill 2009
Music from Glass Love, Andrew Kidman 2006
The Spaces In Between, Andrew Kidman 2000
Music from Litmus, The Val Dusty Experiment 1999
Pissing in the Wind, The Val Dusty Experiment 1999
Lost In The Ether, Independent Release 2010
Last Hope: A Collection of Film & Music, Spunk! Records, 2009
The Ghosts Are Calling, Independent Release 2009
Glass Love, Independent Release 2006
Litmus, Andrew Kidman, Jon Frank & Mark Sutherland 1996
Lost In The Ether, Independently Published, 2010
Ether, Consafos Press, 2008
Way of the Bird, Consafos Press, 2007