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Hollow Flight

Thursday, 21 March 2019

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Hollow Flight is a new exhibition by current School of Arts and Humanities PhD candidate, Harrison See. See explores our fractured sense of self in an increasingly digital age. The ubiquity of social media and digital workspaces, the escapism of online gaming and streaming platforms has become mainstream across the globe. Through convenience or sheer proliferation these virtual spaces have infiltrated our corporal lives stretching our professional and personal identity across two worlds.

Online platforms like gaming and social media encourage an expectation of excessive connection rewarding users that participate with their communities. The accessibility of these apps facilitates a constant opportunity to connect, relentlessly dividing our time and attention between two spaces (Rosen, 2012 & Turkle, 2011). This pressure to maintain an increasingly online presence can lead to an obsessive relationship between a user and their own digital identity, or with that of others’ (Rosen, 2012 & Turkle, 2011).

Incorporating Greco-Roman, Christian and retro-gaming iconography, See has used the painted landscape to explore these ideas surrounding digital spaces. Envisioning an uncertain world of mountains, forests and snaking pathways the artist tells a story of disconnection amongst its inhabitance. Specifically, between the famed and their followers. The title itself is a reference to the fall of Icarus, a mythical tale that the artist links to the constant mission of online celebrities as they seek to rise in popularity.

See comments that, “I have observed people obsessing over their Facebook posts, stalking individuals over Instagram, becoming infatuated with internet personalities, addicted to online gaming and relying on the anonymity of an online identity to leave comments on YouTube they would never say in real life.”

The artworks in Hollow Flight are oil on board and See says, “I intentionally chose to work with ‘analog’ media to address this digital narrative”.

See was awarded the Louise Macfie Painting Prize in 2015 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, First Class Honours from Edith Cowan University in 2017.

Event details

The Hollow Flight exhibition will take place from Friday, 19 April to Thursday, 2 May at Spectrum Project Space, Mount Lawley Campus, Edith Cowan University.

Opening

Date: Thursday, 18 April 2019
Time: 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Venue: Spectrum Project Space, ECU Mount Lawley Campus, Building 3, Room 3.191

Artist talk

An artist talk will take place with Ryck Rudd whose exhibition, Worthless Refuse II will be exhibiting concurrently in the back gallery.
Date: Saturday, 27 April 2019
Time: 11.00am
Venue: Spectrum Project Space, ECU Mount Lawley Campus, Building 3, Room 3.191

Open hours

Tuesday to Friday, 10.00am - 5.00pm
Saturday, 12.00pm - 5.00pm

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