Dominic Redfern Plus

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I am a video artist. I have worked a great deal at the intersection of site, screen and identity. Whilst I maintain a strong performance based practice, in recent years my work with identity has increasingly focused on narratives of place and subsequently upon the discourse of natural history. In the process of depicting environments, the status, currency, and possibility of beauty in art as well as the idea of the 'natural' as a cultural construction have become recent foci for my work. Although my work is not overtly political and I always strive to remain neutral in my visual rendering of places, my subject matter inevitably evokes contemporary environmental issues and attitudes to ‘place’. However, I consider my work a space for thought rather than rhetoric. All of my interests are expressed with a very self-conscious approach to the technology and culture of video. The screen then, is both subject and medium for my work, which gives critical expression to the complexity of screen-mediated experience.

In 2011 I will be exhibiting in a solo show in Sweden and group shows at home and abroad. Recentlymy work has been seen at venues including the Tate Modern, WA’s PICA, the Perth International Arts Festival, as a finalist in the 2010 ReelDance awards and at Sydney’s Performance Space. I exhibits widely in Australia and around the world in exhibitions ands screenings programs and my work has been supported through funding for residencies and production by Arts Victoria, the Australia Council and Asialink, as well cultural bodies and universities in Finland, Sweden, France and Thailand. I have a long standing relationship with WestSpace Gallery where I am the current chair and I work as a senior lecturer and studio coordinator in Media Arts at RMIT’s School of Art.

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