The July project in the Graduate School Gallery program features the work of four current postgraduates: Ciaran Begley, Simon Baré, Ken Mitchell, and Dell Walker. Through very different means they are each investigating our relationship to experience.
Tell us a little about your practice and your research projects…
Dell: My PhD research looks at the influence of unconscious motivations on contemporary art practice. My practice has always found value in the things that are worn out, lost or thrown out. But my intuition has led me in the past year to also engage with the enormous amount of packaging going to landfill and, in the case of Styrofoam, blowing or washing away to spoil rivers and beaches.
Ken: My MFA project, entitled ‘Photo-audience’, is an exploration into the creation of new sensory experience where light becomes audible.
Simon: ’This is Me, my House’ is a multi-channel video installation that explores our longing for meaning – a longing that gives rise to absurdity and conflict in our relationship to and with the world. The work is framed by Albert Camus’ 1942 text The Myth of Sisyphus and viewed through a prism of crisis.
And what ideas are you investigating through these particular installations?
Ken: The idea of transduction is fairly prominent in my work. Transduction through the camera sensor to produce the image, the transduction of light into sound through electronics as well as the creation of a new experience through what Simondon calls ‘transductive individuation’.
Simon: This work explores the narratives we construct in our everyday lives through an assemblage of fragmented images and sound, which are placed alongside an array of images that reflect the accidental and everyday. I want to suggest possible meanings for the viewer to navigate.
Dell: Following a decade of painting from imagery hidden from consciousness, i.e. painting directly, without planning or editing afterwards, I was keen to see what would eventuate when I was completely open to materials and methods. I see now that finding value in discarded items also relates to my core beliefs, both literally and metaphorically.
Would you tell us a little bit about the process of creating the work?
Simon: I have slowly constructed ‘This is Me, my House’ over the last year. I started by interviewing with six individuals about how they find meaning in their lives and how crisis has called that meaning into question. These interviews were then placed alongside a random collection of images that don’t necessarily relate to the stories told, allowing the viewer to thread the images and stories together and create a connection where none exists, except personally.