Peter Charuk undertook a Synapse 1 Residency in 2005 with South East Sustainable Marine Ecosystems, CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, Tasmania
Peter Charuk’s residency at CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research focussed on capturing video data from of the ocean landscape of the Continental Shelf around Tasmania and Western Australia, and images from the CSIRO laboratories. Working closely with scientists and utilising the specialised equipment available through the Biodiversity and Conservation Group there, Peter developed a series of works that were both documentary-like, and layered with poetic, historic and technical references.
These works included video installations shown at CSIRO in Hobart. Highly aesthetic yet technically accurate, the video showed the underwater sea life and geography, and worked to question the significance of data – as a practical research tool or more a sensorial engagement with subtle historic/artistic references. Peter also developed serries of photographic stills that were shown at the Blacktown Arts Centre and the foyer of CSIOR in Hobart, and an artists’ book shown at the Noosa Regional Gallery in Queensland.
Peter E. Charuk is an active artist and educator. He has an extensive career in the visual and electronic arts. His experience includes exhibitions in the U.S., Bulgaria, U.K. and numerous Australian Galleries. He has been awarded a number of prestigious prizes and awards. He works with video installation, artists’ books, photographic imagery, sound and text. His work is represented in several major collections including the National Gallery of Australia, AGNSW, Artbank and the Polaroid International Collection.
In 2002, Peter was one of the inaugural recipients of a Western Sydney Artists’ Fellowship. In 2005 he was an ANAT Synapse Artist in Residence at the CSIRO Marine Research in Hobart and in 2007awarded a New Work Grant from the Australia Council to develop – Glacial Lux. His current research engages with a thematic of ‘water’.