Ribbons on Clams, 2016 (1 of 3)
[Acrylic, Reverse Vinyl Graphic Print, LED. 500x500mm]
These 3 works have been created through an application on my phone, allowing arbitrary and impulsive design choices to be formally represented. Ubiquitous features found in applications allow a myriad of contrasting design preferences that currently over-saturate social media and infiltrate ways in which we view online imagery.
Photos previously taken and stored on my phone, or freshly photographed images are combined, which in turn creates a digital narrative captured by myself as the user. This also allows a protagonist role to be present within the work. Apps used to create compositions are chosen, at random, from my tool- box of design applications. This aspect further represents the personal and global immediacy in technology that we have insistently become reliant on.
Investigation into iphone applications as alternative art making tools, material utilization and translations of digital compositions becoming physical objects are three prevalent areas of research informing this final installation.
Currently in Chartwell Trust, Auckland Art Gallery, Toi o Tamaki, New Zealand.
Laid in Heaven, 2017.
HD video, colour, sound.18mins (looped)
Inspired by online sharing forums, vintage pornography and the luxuriously overt formalities of the rococo era, Laid in Heaven deciphers elements of kitsch from our digital everyday.
Over-saturated in low-fi and recursive digital imagery, these works attempts to articulate society's pull to online perverseness, eroticism and its abundance of tacky trends through six key elements: body, desire, fantasy and belief, nature, texture and time. The three combined video sequences sync through a heightened and glorified sense of 21st century kitsch - mirroring an excellent taste in bad taste.