Ascension : HD Video 30s loop, insulation, wood, monofilament, HDTV
As exhibited in the atrium of UCOL, Taupo Quay, Wanganui, New Zealand from 31st August to 6 Sep 2013
Group Exhibition was called 4 Beings, Mike Nixon, Kirsty Hutchins, James Graves and Sarah Curtis-Riley
Ascension is an installation piece that references ideas of levitation and anti-gravity. It turns a table upside down, and reverses normal perspectives. A common thread through a lot of my work is themes of the metaphysical and transcendence.
It draws upon a period in time of the late 1960’s when there was a lot of optimism and wealth around ,but also the specter of the Cold War. It was in 1968 that Stanley Kubricks 2001 : A Space Odyssey was made.it has been described as “a meditation on technology and humanity”
Ascension is a combination of the very low technology, sewing together pieces of insulation to make the table, and the higher technology HDTV. However, the figurative element, in the form of the naked and vulnerable body is referenced, and is the “narrative” component in some sense.
The looping of a repetitive action unpacks layers of meaning , allowing the viewer to bring their own interpretation of meaning.