Deep Solitude asks us to occupy this subjectivity - the isolated body seeing with a modified gaze. It thereby evokes a sense of shared experience with the naked forms decorating the floor of the exhibition. Venerable and ornamental, organic and affected, Deep Solitude asks us to remember what it feels like to be alone, with ourselves, with the world outside us somehow always distanced by our gaze.
The exhibition has been a massive success, many thanks to David Greenhalgh and the entire Archive Team for helping me with this body of work.
glistening like dew
riding on pride
my ghostly side
Here are some photos of the installation and the opening night:
And here is every Mossy up close:
Stella Rosa McDonald has kindly named Deep Solitude the Art Life’s show of the week!
We are forever speaking on behalf of nature, but what if it could articulate itself in terms we could readily understand? Kingston imagines nature sighing—as her small soft sculptures of rocks do when they are prodded. In the large landscape photograph Tree Island, (2015) Kingston takes a prosaic scene and casts it in a utopic light; the image of the almost conspiratorial meeting of trees in a field suggests the personhood of the natural world. As we continue to be drawn to the freedoms of the natural and virtual worlds, the protections, privileges and freedoms of both realms remain contentious issues. ‘Deep Solitude’ doesn’t pit nature and technology against each other; rather it suggests the potential for dialogue between these two organic systems.
You can find the full story here.
The team at Archive_ Space in Newtown have selected me for another exhibition, opening on the 27th of May from 6-8pm. I hope you can join me for a few drinks to celebrate.
“The world and the brain are related to each other like process and narrative: the process creates the narrative and the narrative creates the process (the brain makes the world and the world makes the brain).” Flusser, Vilém and Erik Eisel (Translator). On the End of History. 1991.
This exhibition will consider the spaces between our bodies, the environment and the everyday technologies that mediate these organic systems. The new work in this exhibition is a product of a two-month residency (July-August 2014) at the Arteles Creative Centre in Hämeenkyrö, regional Finland. During this time I engaged in research concerning the less tangible elements of New Media, following my participation in the Cloud and Molecular Aesthetics – The Third International Conference on Transdisciplinary Imaging at the Intersections of Art, Science and Culture conference in Istanbul (June 2014). While popular representations of contemporary technology see an isolated ‘clean’ aesthetic, divorced from the organic, behind the ‘fetishized object of the iPad for example, microscopic dust from dead skin cells of the factory worker are trapped inside’ (‘Smog’ – J. Parikka 2014). Indeed our contemporary environment ensures it is never fully possible to remove our bodies from technology, or technology from our bodies. This exhibition will playfully explore these themes in the following ways: Wall/Solus: two large-scale landscape photographs (wall installation) Floor/Absence: two to-scale nude figures lie face down within a field of grass. Object: a series of small soft sculptures created with a custom-printed moss design. Designed to be interactive, when pressed/hugged, these sculptures will emit a unique recorded sigh from the artist.
Arteles have published their new catalogue, I’m featured for the months of July-August. Published via ISSUU, you can find a link to the catalogue here, or view my featured pages below:
Yesterday I was lucky enough to be involved in the launch exhibition of the 504 Projects, St Leonards. This new space includes a gallery, studios and workshop area. This installation includes recent work from her residency at Arteles Creative Centre, in which the artist explored solitude and technological absence in rural Finland. The site-specific installation includes the Grace+ neon developed for her MFA graduate exhibition in 2012.
Also exhibiting in this group exhibition is:
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Today I’ve installed my new work ‘Absence’ at the Verge Public Art Festival, you can find it along Sydney University’s Eastern Avenue.
At this review I presented a selection of experimental prototype works developed for my next solo exhibition in Sydney:
Today I presented a small collection of experimental work for the end of residency group show:
Last week Dr Michael Goddard presented at the Cloud and Molecular Aesthetics conference in the beautiful Istanbul. It was a pleasure to meet other creative researchers in the field such as Jussi Parikka, Frederik De Wilde and a large host of COFA friends. If you’d like to read our presentation, please find a copy here: Networked Image talk PDF
I’m excited to announce that I will be presenting a joint paper in Istanbul shortly with my good friend Micheal Goddard, of Salford University, Manchester. We will be speaking on the topics of the Cloud and Data Mining, where I will be presenting my findings from my most recent exhibition at Archive Space in October of last year.
When: June 26th – 28th
Where: the Pera Museum, Istanbul
Please find a copy of our abstract: here