Castlemaine State Festival presents

Cameron Robbins and Gilles Lapalus
Oenography: Ferment CO2 Drawing

In an inspired collaboration, artist Cameron Robbins and winemaker Gilles Lapalus from Maison Lapalus have interpreted the biological wine fermentation process into mechanical drawings. Oenography: Ferment CO2 Drawing uses the release of carbon dioxide through the airlock in a barrel to guide a pen on a revolving piece of paper, and is made up of 18 such compositions, each one a signature of the fermenting wine.

Cameron Robbins
Cameron Robbins has produced site-specific installations and exhibitions in art centres, disused buildings and outdoor sites in Australia, Switzerland, Japan, Norway, China, Denmark, Germany and the UK. He was the first Australian artist invited to present a large scale solo exhibition, ‘Field Lines’, at the Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania, in 2016, where he also recently completed a major permanent 50 -year wind drawing installation.

Gilles Lapalus
Gilles Lapalus, is from Burgundy where he grew up in a wine family in Cluny. Gilles traveled the wine world following his studies, in France from Bordeaux to Languedoc, and globally from Chile to Tuscany. Gilles was part of the education initiative Institut Francais du Gout, before returning to wine cellars in Burgundy until 2001 when he moved to Victoria, Australia. For 15 years has developed the Sutton Grange winery, and in parallel started Bespoke Brothers in 2009 which morphed to Bertrand Bespoke, Maidenii vermouth began in 2011, and maison LAPALUS in 2015.

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This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.