Shotgun 9: The clouds have cameras Contemporary Art Tasmania, Hobart 1 - 23 May 2021
Shotgun 9 was awarded to Alex Davern. The artist has undertaken a customised development program with new work produced during the program launched at CAT Gallery on 30 April, 2021. In The clouds have cameras Davern examined the luminosity of spaces through the design and construction of a multimedia installation which incorporates rhythm, language, real versus imagined space and immersive colour.
Commissioned texts by Max Delany and Michaela Gleave accompanied the exhibition.
The clouds have cameras The clouds have cameras is a perverse reality, a saturated landscape dedicated to the construction of desire. With reflection and projection, meaning is conjured artificially as we move, from one station to the next, with captivated, hypnotic progression. We strive towards an almost religious hearth, which sits at the centre of the exhibition, like a beam of sunlight punching through the clouds. But the scene is repeatedly interrupted by the trembling glitch of flickering light, the buffering of the video screen, the drone of industrial noise, which hints at another dimension, of redundancy, and the eerie glow of the metaphysical, where time stands still, and all is not what it seems. Like Plato’s cave, Davern’s installation presents us with a conundrum: its series of projections are far from an accurate representation of the world, but our reality nonetheless.
HaNDy_d00RhoLL I like the idea of personal structures.
They are definitely personal, but I feel like it's universal. I let people come to the works and make their own associations with objects and symbols and space. I enjoy that they will interpret that differently than I have.
UNiC0RN_MaG!K_siixxtey_9 It’s about creating voids of space. You have a little detail that you can focus on, but I want you to be washed with colour and space... that feeling of it just sort of covering you, you're in that dimension.
Conceptually it’s infinite. It goes nowhere. It's just magic. And it keeps growing.
Michaela Gleave – excerpt
This text is based on a conversation between Alex Davern and program mentor Michaela Gleave that occurred on 28 February 2021. The passwords accompany Alex Davern's video work, BURNOUT.
The Shotgun 9 Selection Committee comprised Pat Brassington (artist, CAT Board representative), Michael Edwards, (CAT Director), Kylie Johnson (CAT Shotgun curator) and Lucienne Rickard (artist, Shotgun alumni). Now in its 9th edition, the program has been reframed through a Residency at Home model. Initiated in response to the challenges of Covid-19, much of the value of Shotgun 9 occurred online enabling involvement from national and international mentors with the program strengthened by local artists and technicians. Alex worked closely with artist Michaela Gleave; ACCA Director, Max Delany; writer and artist, Craig Judd; lighting designer and artist, Jason James; video maker and animator, Simon Ward and musician Ben Simms.
Buy the Shotgun 9 catalogue on the Contemporary Art Tasmania website.