Mock suns—or sun dogs—are a perceptual phenomenon caused by the combination of sunlight, ice crystals and their refraction at the vantage point of the viewer. They are a natural accident whereby the viewer sees the Earth’s sun multiplied in a horizontal band across the sky—with a mock sun flanking the actual sun at either side. With the sun now in triplicate, one’s regular environment all of a sudden appears otherworldly—like a planet orbited by multiple moons.
– excerpt from Shotgun 6 catalogue essay by Helen Hughes.
Since graduating from the Tasmanian College of Art in 2013 Nadège Philippe-Janon has been awarded numerous grants and residencies, most recently a Marie Edwards Traveling Scholarship to support self-directed research at the Citè international des arts, Paris, and an Asialink grant to undertake a residency in Hokkaido, Japan. Recent exhibitions include: Real Life Fantasies, curated by Patrice Sharkey, West Space (2017); New Alchemists, curated by Alicia King, touring – Salamanca Arts Centre, TAS; University of Queensland Museum, QLD; Devonport Regional Gallery, TAS; and, Flinders University City Gallery, SA (2017/18); Sound Traces, Tenjinyama Gallery, Japan (2016); The Disillusioned James Gillies, Electrona 7054 Festival, Town Hall Underground, TAS (2015); and, Hatched, National Graduate Art Show, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, WA (2014).
Industry access, critical engagement, new work
Shotgun began in 2010 as the outcome of a public private collaboration between Contemporary Art Tasmania and Detached Cultural Organisation, a collaboration that has grown to now include the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona). Shotgun is a flexible exhibition and curatorial model that makes demands of its participants: artists, mentors, the Selection Committee and coordinators. This is because it sets out to reinvigorate the practice of select Tasmanian artists within an ever-changing art world. What Shotgun aims to do, and we think is successful in doing, is to challenge cotton-wool complacency and make meta-narratives personal so they have individual relevance to these artists.
During the project Philippe-Janon had opportunity for regular dialogue with Melbourne curator, writer and academic Helen Hughes. Shotgun 6 artists also spent time with visiting industry professionals: Dr Ashley Crawford, Tristian Koenig, Simon Pericich, Lisa Radford, Patrice Sharkey and the Shotgun curatorium: Michael Edwards, Kylie Johnson, Craig Judd and Jarrod Rawlins.