Life in the Anthropocene Epoch (The Importance of the Sensory and the Cognitive, the Body and the Mind) explores contemporary human experience through a survey of the macro events and human behaviours in the world today. It looks at these macro shifts in ideas and physicality but also picks up on our individual day to day living – the need to eat, drink and sleep. The continual rhythms of society, our lives in sheltered accommodation, families, recreation, education, healthcare, security, conflict, all go on, amidst this confusion. It asks a question: can Art be the presentation of objective, scientific and rational information whilst simultaneously being a subjective, irrational, personal, sensory, non-visual, non-physical and social experience?
An Installation about Energy and Objectivity explores ideas of subjectivity and objectivity within Art, and uses the topic of energy as a means to do this. The installation has a purpose, which is to provide the viewer with objective information about how the ways in which humans use and consume energy are changing. The plant pot and the plinth elevate the tree and the books to the status of Art object. The tree symbolises the subjective natural world which is the source of our energy.
The installation is a comment on the current objectivity of Art but is also a comment on the objectivity of the information that we are provided with.
The Divisions of Colour concept is based on the notion that we can split everything that we see into colour, and it is these divisions of colours (or colour differences) which allow us to understand the physical visual environment. A visual explanation of how shape and colour are associated with physicality is explored through images which identify changes in physicality through changes in colour.
Photography is meant to be an accurate representation of actual physicality - but an alteration of the divisions of colours within photographs can give a false impression of reality.
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Objectism is Art that predominantly focuses on the documentation and exploration of objects, placing a strong focus on the ways in which humans use and consume objects and how the presentation of the 'ready-made' object within the gallery space can be used in a way which places the objects concerned under scrutiny and analysis.
Objectism tries to explore our existence through objects: looking at the actions performed within the physical environment and the ways in which we interact with the physical environment itself.
The paintings and sculptures in the Exploring Human Experience through Line, Shape, Colour and Form series explore how we can use line, shape, colour and form to portray different human experiences. These works are as much an exploration of line, shape, colour and form as they are an exploration of human experience.
The artworks in Exploring Line, Shape and Colour series explore how we can use line, shape, colour and form to evoke an experience.