Tracking the self and retracing the usable-past, to develop new visual narratives, reveals an important thread of discourse. To wit, consider portraiture; consider the still life. Potent social commentary in the 1600s and late 1800s. People stylishly depicted in their personal spaces; the luxurious nature of their everyday things around them.
Heading into the 20th Century this work artfully recorded a fragmenting society through fractured faces, disintegrating objects and dis-assembled spaces. But still beautifully rendered with dramatic colors and patterns.
At the same time, a culture of aesthetic-redaction commenced questioning the nature of art. An inquiry mutating over time into an art of non-realities. Detached from any aesthetic concerns, this art of concept also de-stabilized the relationship between truth and fiction.
To wit, consider conceptual art as censorship - the inherent censoring of aesthetics. Fast forward to now. Self-contained identities grow boundless. The indulgence of self a global activity. Spaces people occupy, and their personae, morph at will from one style-construct to another.
The familiar objects that populate our lives cease to be concrete. While luxury articulates the new consumer standard. All this results in a dis-connect from the aesthetic pleasures that fulfill us. And, meanwhile, the tyranny of concept still overrides creative output at the expense of artistic appreciation.
In addressing this aesthetic disregard, my work reconnects with those historical cultural-weavings through that relationship of portraiture to still life. In new combinings of human and possession, extracts from my usable past (and present) are merged with virtual interior-spaces.
The images, supported by some of my luxurious everyday-things, rematerialize aspects of my lived experience - demonstrating that memories are both actual and artificial. As well as producing new socio-cultural recordings that encourage pleasure-in-viewing.
Most recently -
Still images in 2011: four Honorable Mentions in the WPGA ‘People and Portraits’ 2011 competition as well as the merit award, (again with WPGA) for an entry into ‘Beauty Around Us’ 2011.
This recognition set the momentum for 2012 which has continued with another still image (later to feature in a new video-work) being awarded an Honorable Mention in the ‘Donnie 2012’ juried international at MOCA Virtual Museum.
But 2012 is the year of the animeSTILLLIFE©: finished works are now being submitted to one or two festival/competitions a month - however the invitation from Lopdell House Gallery, last year, to mount a solo exhibition featuring this stop-frame animation work is arguably the highlight and means it will be a very busy time until April 19.
Awards and Accolades
highlights of activities
May/Jun 012...Finalist, Cliftons Art Prize, regional stage of juried international : Cliftons Asia/Pacific Network - Auckland NZ
Apr/Jun 012...Invited, solo exhibition 19 April thru 10 Jun 2012 - anime/photomedia work : Lopdell House Gallery - Auckland NZ
Feb 012...Honorable Mention, 'Donnie 2012' - juried international : MOCA Virtual Museum (Museum of Computer Art) - Brooklyn, NY US
Nov 011...Invited, winners exhibition, ‘Worldwide Photographic Biennial’ 19 Jan thru 27 Feb 2012 - group show, Worldwide Photography Gala Awards (WPGA) : Borges Cultural Center - Buenos Aries AR
Jul 011...4 x Honorable Mentions, 2nd ed. ‘People and Portraits' - juried international : WPGA - York UK
Jun 011...Proposed, solo exhibition mid-year 2012 - mount new work, animation & photomedia paintings : Lopdell House Gallery
Jun 011...3 x Official Selections, 'Px3' - juried international (fine art/self-portrait) : Prix de la Photographie - Paris FR
Apr 011...Finalist (1 of 25 selected), '2nd Jacob Riis Award' - juried international : WPGA
Apr 011...Merit award, ‘Beauty Around Us’ - juried international : WPGA
Apr 011...Winner, fine art category, ‘CQ 23’ - juried international : issue #23, Creative Quarterly Journal - Brooklyn, NY US
Mar 011...First Prize, Self-Portrait-Portfolio, ‘2010 WPGA Annual Pollux Awards’ - juried international : WPGA
Mar 011...Re-invited to exhibit at 'Florence Biennale' (open invitation since 2005) : International Biennale of Contemporary Art - Florence IT
Mar 011...Sliver award, ‘Portraits & People’ - juried international : WPGA
Feb 011...Featured Photographer, selected by Artists Wanted curator - year-long, online competition : on The Focus Project Homepage - New York, NY US
Feb 011...Finalist, 'New Zealand Painting/Printmaking Award' (NZPPA) - juried national : Waikato Society of Arts (WSA Art) - Hamilton NZ
Feb 011...Invited, ‘Journeys, the transformation of Space and Place’ - month-long, group exhibition : House of Hedone, gallery of specialist design & creative - Auckland NZ
Jan 011...Finalist, ‘WPGA Annual 2010, The Pollux Awards’ - 2 portfolios, still life & self-portrait - juried international : WPGA
Dec 010...Finalist, Digital Art section - 'DonkeyArtPrize 2011' - work selected for LA exhibition June 2011, juried international : Blindonkey Cultural Association - Verona IT
Nov 010...Invited, representation by new gallery - House of Hedone : opening group exhibition; plus consignment & purchase of small works for stock
Nov 010...Commendation, Artwork & Photography - Aesthetica ‘Creative Works Competition 2010’ - juried international : Aesthetica Magazine - York UK
Oct 010... Acquired for collection - finalist entry - “Remade Memory #18” : Wallace Arts Trust - Auckland NZ
Oct 010...Silver Honorable Mention, ‘Urban & Country Landscape’ - juried international : WPGA
Sep 010...Winner, fine art category, ‘CQ 21’ - juried international : issue #21, Creative Quarterly
Aug 010...Selected as finalist, 'Wallace Art Awards' - juried national : Wallace Arts Trust
May/Jun 010...Invitation, ‘SlowArt Experience” - month-long group exhibition : Artrom Gallery - Rome IT
Feb 09...Finalist, 'NZPPA' - juried national : WSA Art
Jan 09...Selected, 'Top Ten, Digital Realities' - juried international : Artrom Gallery
Dec 08...Invited, group show - 'Christmas AGG Collective' : Artist Presentation Space, Artrom Gallery
Jul 08...Invited, solo exhibition of prints...Happening Culturale Internazionale, 4th Edition : Teramo IT (Artrom Gallery asked by NZ Embassy, Rome to make submission & selected by Festival President/Organising Committee to curate exhibition)
Feb 08...Finalist, 'NZPPA' - juried national : WSA Art
Jan/Feb 08...Invited, (3 artist exhibition) 'ReMasters...confronting the Debate surrounding the use of Digital Processes and Software in Art Making’ : Corban Estate Arts Centre (CEAC) - Auckland NZ
Oct/Nov 07...Honorable Mention, 'MOCA October 07' - juried international : MOCA Virtual Museum
Sep/Oct 07...Finalist, 'Wallace Art Awards 07' - juried national : James Wallace Arts Trust
Sep 07...Honorable Mention, 'Deeper Perspectives' (3 image series) - juried international : International Photography Awards (IPA) - Los Angeles, CA US
Jul/Aug 07...Invited, solo show 'A Brief History of Object and Desire' : Artful Gallery - Newmarket, Auckland NZ
Jun/Jul 07...Honorable Mention, 'Px3' - juried international (pure photography) : Prix de la Photographie
May/Jun 07...Invited, one-person exhibition - 'reformatting the still life' : Uxbridge Gallery - Howick, Auckland NZ
Mar/Apr 07...Invited, group exhibition - 'Crossings' : Uxbridge Gallery
Sep/Oct 06...Invited, inaugural solo show - 'reformatting the still life' : Artist Presentation Space, Artrom Gallery (attended opening, 25 Sep)
Aug 06...Juror's Selection, '2006 Open' - 2 works chosen / juried international : Photomedia Center - Erie, PA US
May-Jul 06...Invited, solo show - 'aqua room series' : Lopdell House Gallery
May 06...Highly Recommended, 'My Best Shot' - juried international (pure photography) : London Photographic Association (LPA) - London UK
Feb 06...Invited, solo show - 'Object/Desire ~ Result/Luxury' : ArtsPost, Ida Carey Gallery - Hamilton NZ