Overload

Glade-Wright, Robyn (2014) Overload.

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Abstract

Overload was exhibited in the selected group exhibition 2015 ArtNow FNQ held at Cairns Regional Gallery.

Research Statement

Research Background The value of the contemporary art resides in its cognitive significance and the sensuous manner in which meaning is conveyed. Artists can represent facts in a symbolic manner that is provocative and this may contribute to social change. Within this research background, the work of art Overload aims to communicate concerns about emissions.
Research Contribution Emissions from the past have overloaded the atmosphere at a rate that has outstripped the earth’s ability to reabsorb the excess (Ortiz, Bozec, Wolf, Doropoulos & Mumby, 2014). Communicating the facts of science is a challenge and works such as Overload have the potential to bridge this gap. Overload aims to make a contribution to research in relation to how art can enable us to form a greater understanding of our environment.
Research Significance The work of art Overload is significant as it uses an original sensuous form to communicate the facts of science. Overload attempts to direct our attention to the emission we cannot see. The work consists of 800 painted seeds that are coated with fine rubber to create an ambiguous surface. Small sticks connect the round forms to emulate a diagram of an atom. The works suggests the invisible atoms of pollution that are present in the air we breathe. The balls surround a family and sweep through their bodies suggesting the affects of emissions on our physiology. The work uses a beautiful form to capture attention and potentially to generate reflection. It is a subversive use of beauty.
Item ID: 45105
Item Type: Artefact
Media of Output: Seeds, bamboo, rubber paint (240cm x 240cm x 8cm)
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Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2016 03:51
FoR Codes: 19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts > 190502 Fine Arts (incl Sculpture and Painting) @ 100%
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