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Burnout

BURNOUT

Lucas Davidson

David Manley

Chris Hoopmann

curated by Patrick Cremin

 

 

“All this momentum is doing me in”.

Before an astronaut can voyage into space they must pass certain physical and psychological tests. One of the more physically straining of these tests is the human centrifuge. The centrifuge consists of a capsule connected to a central console by an outstretched rotating extension, it spins around clockwise always anchored to the centre of the room. This test pushes the astronauts ability to withstand extreme acceleration and speed, greater than that experienced in the Earth’s gravity, and similar to the forces inside a rocket travelling to space.

Moving at rapidly increasing speeds expels a large amount of energy inside the human body, forcing blood towards vital organs to counteract sudden unconsciousness. This change in blood flow and pressure pulls blood from the eyes and towards the brain, resulting in loss of colour vision. An astronaut will then only see in shades of monochrome and tunnel vision sets in. Soon after, the astronaut will go completely blind and the brain will lose consciousness. This test is repeated until the astronaut can withstand the accelerated time and speed experienced when travelling to and through space.

 

Speed > Loss of Vision > Loss of Consciousness

The acceleration and rapid development of imaging technologies has lead to an over saturation of imagery. The artists in Burnout explore the expansion and affect of photography’s rapid technological and visual growth. Whether it is through manipulation of imaging conventions or an analysis of how we document through the lens, a questioning of where excessive photography has left us is at the forefront. The artists attempt to overcome visual fatigue through a persistent drive for reinvention through artistic experimentation.

David Manley, Spiral Cement Structure, 2014

David Manley, Spiral Cement Structure, 2014

The work of David Manley, through referencing Brutal Architecture of the mid 20th century, constructs a dystopic world of blank high-rise buildings, empty streets and quiet highways. A reactionary representation of our overpopulated landscapes of advertising and text, scaling back the image to a more minimal form and composition. Are these images a prediction of our future physical landscape or a poetic longing for a past without excess?





David Manley, Ballardian 1, 2013

David Manley, Ballardian 1, 2013

Lucas Davidson, Installation view

Lucas Davidson, Installation view

A harsh contrast can be seen in the sculptural work of Lucas Davidson with his towering obelisk of LCD screens, each depicting a skin like texture pulsating amongst the harsh black frame of the television screen. In using the screens alongside their bare cables, stands and power points, Davidson has highlighted the divide between our technological bindings and our biological ones. Are they one in the same and will this divide become less apparent? Davidson brings this point to the gallery with both reverence and chaos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

As we continue to visually catalogue and archive every corner of the globe, it seems hardly a far stretch to imagine a future in which travel could take place from the comfort and security of ones living room. Chris Hoopmann’s imagery relates to travel photography, highlighting the mapping of our lived experience. His presentation uses framing and conventional hanging methods to convey a mythological domestic space. Hoopmann references collage and mixes between both digital and analogue photographic aesthetics. His salon style hang is reminiscent of an online image-viewing platform, a cluster of informally placed images positioned side by side.

Together the artists present an array of representations of how photography has adapted, to explore what the medium itself has become.

- Patrick Cremin, 2013

 

Chris Hoopmann, from  Screens With A View  series, 2013

Chris Hoopmann, from Screens With A View series, 2013

Chris Hoopmann, from  Screens With A View  series, 2013

Chris Hoopmann, from Screens With A View series, 2013


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Burnout was exhibited at Archive Space, Sydney May 21-31 as part of Head On Festival.


PATRICK CREMIN - ALL ABOUT 2013

Most interesting photographers you came across for the first time: Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs. Collaborative photographers who explore the evolution of the camera.

Most interesting video artist you came across for the first time:  Adam Norton’s work is out of this world. His most recent project was The Mars Project 2013

Adam Norton, The Mars Project, 2013

Best exhibition: Theatre of the World. MONA, Hobart.
I travelled to Hobart earlier this year for the MONA FOMA festival. Apart from seeing some amazing live acts the gallery itself is everything I admire in art. It pushed theoretical and conceptual rationale aside, which freed up individual interpretation of the works themselves.


Best photo book: Hijacked 3. A photographic survey between Australia and The United Kingdom.

Best book: Point Omega. Don Dellilo.

Best television series': Black Mirror, House of Cards

Best movie: Holy Motors. The only film that simultaneously posed questions and answered questions that it never posed in the first place.

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Best youtube video's: Anything by Key and Peele. KEY AND PEELE IS MY SHIT!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2EikOsQmtk


Best music video: I’ve Seen Footage –Death Grips
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DigtCrO77L8

Death Grips - I've Seen Footage (Official Video) http://thirdworlds.net/
http://soundcloud.com/deathgrips/death-grips-the-money-store-06

Best music: Death Grips again. Their album ‘The Money Store’ was a definite game changer in 2013. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W43aQxzjyeM

Best website: I found that the original Space Jam promotional website was still up from 1996. http://www2.warnerbros.com/spacejam/movie/jam.htm

Best publications: FANTOM, GUP (Guide to Unique Photography).

Best thing: Strandbeests
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pj-NqWDH2qE

Beach Creatures: Theo Jansen and his Strandbeests
New Yorker Video

Best completely miscellaneous thing: Malt Chocolate Milkshakes.

Stupidest decision: Giving up cigarettes

Best flashback: Seeing the band Goblin who is responsible for the soundtracks to the majority of Dario Argento’s horror masterpieces, which include Suspiria.

Sad goodbyes: Breaking Bad. My Stolen Laptop

Exciting hellos:
Opening Archive Space, an artist run gallery in Sydney.
The creation of ‘Document’, an art documentation business with my Artistic partner in crime Sarah Kukathas.

Archive Space, Sydney

Archive Space, Sydney

Greatest loss for everyone: No flying cars

Greatest win for everyone: Possibility of flying cars

What are you most looking forward to in 2014?: flying cars

Any predictions for next year?: No flying cars

 

Patrick Cremin is a Sydney based artist who is part of Archive Space, Sydney & Document, Sydney. In 2013 he was featured in Excerpt Issue #5, was a finalist in the Bowness Photography Prize and held a solo exhibition at GAFFA, Sydney.

 

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