The header image is the one I made in 1999 to teach myself Adobe Photoshop.
Prior to embarking on a career in teaching, the world of art-making was my permanent home. I did my Undergraduate (4yr) & Post Graduate (Scholarship) at the Canberra School of Art under artists such as Janenne Eaton, Dennis Trew, Jan Brown, Bernard Hardy, Christopher Croft, Martin KIng, Tim Rowston, Dianne Fogwell and Petr Herel.
- 1984 “Head Space” MCAE, Bathurst, NSW, Au
- 1985 “National Student Art Awards”, MCAE, Bathurst, NSW, Au
- 1987 “Works in Progress” Photo Space, Canberra, ACT, AU
- “The Word” Arts Council Gallery, Canberra, ACT, AU
- 1988“Selected Works | Artist Books” Foyer Gallery, Institute of the Arts, Canberra, ACT, AU
- 1990 “Lasting Moment” Australian National Gallery, Drill Hall, Canberra, ACT, AU
- "Petr Herel and Son Atelier D’Investigation Graphique”, Institute D’Arts Visuels Orleans, France
- 1992 “Fragile Object”, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC, AU
- “An Exhibition of Artist Books”, Australia Print Council Workshop, Melbourne, VIC, AU
- “The Book Project”, National Library of Australia, Canberra, ACT, AU
- 1993 “Monash University Studio Series” National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, AU
- “Solaris” | Gary Poulton / Maria Stukoff, Australian National Gallery Drill Hall, Canberra, ACT, AU
- 2001, “Fragile Object 2”, National Library of Australia, Canberra, ACT, AU
- Menzies Library ANU
- Queensland State Library | Australian Library of Art | Collaborations
- Australian National Library | iPhonography Vol 2 | Analogue Dreaming
- Art Gallery of NSW (see Traversare)
Publications / Reviews
- AddOn 2020, HeadOn Foundation
- AddOn 2019, HeadOn Foundation
- AddOn 2018, HeadOn Foundation
- AddOn 2017, HeadOn Foundation ISBN 978-0-9925075-6-5
- AddOn 2016, HeadOn Foundation ISBN 978-0-9925075-4-1
- AddOn 2015, HeadOn Foundation ISBN 978-0-9803631-2-
- AddOn 2013, HeadOn Foundation ISBN 978-0-9803631-2-8
- AddOn 2012, HeadOn Foundation ISBN 978-0-9803631-7-3
- "Dust to Dust" / Alex Selenitch, Imprint [Australian Print Journal] Vol 30 No 1, 1995
- "Unique Copies" / Alex Selenitch, Imprint [Australian Print Journal] Vol 28 No 2, 1993
- "Artist Books and Limited Editions", Vols 1-2-3 ISBN1-875161-19-8199
The Teaching Years 1997 - 2020
The inclusion, in this little story, of exhibition information is by way of demonstrating what was significant in the development of a professional practice that fed back into my teaching in those areas and contributed, I believe, to improved student confidence & outcomes.
23 years of teaching. Unreservedly, one of the most productive time of my life and one in which beyond any doubt, so much was learned that would not have been otherwise. There are many people to thank and some that I'll miss mentioning for sure. This is not intended as an extensive narrative but a sort of hit point broadside to highlight some of the things that developed my teaching and heightened my awareness of what students needed from me and facilitated that growth.
1997-2007 Cranebrook High School
I'd been working at Cranebrook High School for about two years when my then Head Teacher, Garry Kemp, passed me two discs (Adobe Photoshop 5 + Adobe Illustrator) one day in the staff room and said "I'd like to get a Design course up and running, do you think you can learn to use these" At that stage Microsoft Word was still a mystery to me and I'd just acquired a PC so I thought why not give it a go, I don't know anything about software, so I'll be no worse off if I can't figure it out. It was the beginning of a long journey that led to experiences, well beyond me at that point, to imagine.
A lot of Cranebrook was about survival in what was effectively a war zone, but I was in a great faculty with a Head of Dept, who knew how to draw the best out of both his staff and students. In short, however I got to wherever I am today as an educator, I owe it pretty much to my time under Kempy's watchful eye. It was Garry Kemp who taught me one his great lessons “ make sure your students understand what you’re asking them to do” In that lay the key to making the difficult, simple and the complex, straightforward. I’ve carried it to this very day.
Along with Photoshop and Illustrator, in my time at Cranebrook I learned to use CGI software such as Terragen, World Machine and Mojo to generate and render procedural and fractal landscapes and taught students to use Terragen and World Machine to generate procedural landscapes.