Monday, 3 October 2016

2016 Jan Cleveringa- "The Passing"- Hidden Sculpture Exhibition

As a contemporary artist who explores impacts of global cultural change and identity.  "The Passing", is a grave top installation sculpture made from 1,000 fluorescent light bulbs at Rookwood Cemetery, Sydney, as part of Hidden Sculptural Exhibition Rookwood Cemetery 2016 that won a commended award.

The Installation is a representation about slow cultural change affecting identity, waste and renewal.
It raises further questions about time, sustainability, the environment and the machine of business which partly influences identity formation and culture. In other words, it is about recognizing the impact of changing technologies on our culture, our attitudes and social patterns and what drives these changes.

It is a slow phenomenon where most of us seem oblivious to its effects in the many areas of human interaction like industry, the home and our future. Fluorescent lighting is being replaced by LED lighting.

Will this small change influence architecture, the backyard BBQ, mining, travel and reception areas? Will it affect our social patterns?

Are we recognizing these changes and impacts?

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

"Epiphany"- Light Art Projection Installation- Finalist 2016 Chippendale New World Art Prize

"Epiphany," (a projection onto canvas) is inspired by colour, beauty and the spiritual uses new world technology much like a painter that sketches a study for a painting. I have misused phone app software to make electronic sketches as small as 2kb in size (rather than pencil) that have been enlarged, changed and continually developed and screenshot until I have been satisfied in its final form for an oil painting or this projection work which goes onto canvas. This particular work asks- is it a painting, a photograph, a projected light work, a moving image, a technological installation, an abstract work or realism? Is it about technology and beauty?
‘Epiphany’ uses the aesthetics of and the discipline of painting (once claimed as ‘dead’) where painting continues to be inspired by new and exciting technologies that also seem to impact on our social culture, identity, beauty and the everyday.

There are about 2-3 Billion people using mobile phone app edited images distorting their reality to make their lives and reflective images seem more beautiful than they really are and thus creating a pseudo reality phenomenon. How does this influence attitudes about identity and beauty? What are the social consequences on the human psyche, its impact and our attitudes in contemporary society?