The Synthetic-Memory Series

PhotographerClay Bodvin
PrizeHonorable Mention
Companymixedmediums
City/CountryAuckland, New Zealand
Photo Date2011
Technical Infophotomedia paintings
Story

Engineered virtual moments. Retracing the usable-past to expose threads of new visual narratives. Consider the still life painting. In the late 1800s, the luxurious nature of peoples’ everyday things was stylishly depicted through commonplace objects and spaces - but rendered with exotic patterns and dramatic colors. By using altered perspectives, de-constructed objects and un-real environments these paintings artfully recorded a fragmenting society. Fast forward to now - where luxury has become the virtual consumer standard. The indulgence of the self is a global activity and the spaces people occupy morph at will from one style-construct to another. The familiar objects with which we populate our lives cease to be concrete as our personal, self-contained place becomes boundless. Producing a growing dis-connect from the memories that define us. My work seeks to continue the interplay the still life image has, as a token of its type, with these cultural and historical weavings. Dis-assembled spaces, dominated by disintegrating domestic objects, create tangible but non-physical realities to visually explore. Extracted images, via selected chains-of-memory out of my usable past, are being merged with my newly created cultural recordings. Offering opportunities to re-connect with and illuminate my lived experience.

Entry Description

The Synthetic-Memory Series Work 1 - Maple Valley portrait in Remade Space #4 Work 2 - Watching target practice in the Poldi Pezzoli Memory Work 3 - Reading time in the Beaux Arts Memory #1 Work 4 - A cowboy in the Phillips Collection Memory #1 Work 5 - Kanab portrait in the Saint Jean Church Memory #2

Story

Engineered virtual moments. Retracing the usable-past to expose threads of new visual narratives. Consider the still life painting. In the late 1800s, the luxurious nature of peoples’ everyday things was stylishly depicted through commonplace objects and spaces - but rendered with exotic patterns and dramatic colors. By using altered perspectives, de-constructed objects and un-real environments these paintings artfully recorded a fragmenting society. Fast forward to now - where luxury has become the virtual consumer standard. The indulgence of the self is a global activity and the spaces people occupy morph at will from one style-construct to another. The familiar objects with which we populate our lives cease to be concrete as our personal, self-contained place becomes boundless. Producing a growing dis-connect from the memories that define us. My work seeks to continue the interplay the still life image has, as a token of its type, with these cultural and historical weavings. Dis-assembled spaces, dominated by disintegrating domestic objects, create tangible but non-physical realities to visually explore. Extracted images, via selected chains-of-memory out of my usable past, are being merged with my newly created cultural recordings. Offering opportunities to re-connect with and illuminate my lived experience.

About Photographer

=== work details All images start out as VirtualWorks and involve - original, digital and scanned-film objects and patterns combined with found images and remade interiors - digital composition and assembly into master 1701pxl / 300dpi .tif-image files. Further production may entail - wallWORK: images on paper / canvas; collage / marouflage onto panels; mixedmedia handwork over - animeSTILLLIFE©: stop-frame animation, soundtrack mixing, video editing. BIO - SKETCH === A product of duality and displacement - Hometown, Seattle / live and work, New Zealand. - Always artistic / no art studies until age 18. - Dale Clayton Bodvin until age 20 / Clay Bodvin after 14 months in Vietnam. - Full-time career, advertising and design - 25+ years / practicing fine artist - 40+ years. Festival screenings, online & onwall exhibitions - combined, to date - 16 solo exhibitions; 67 group exhibitions - in NZ; AU; AR; US; IT; UK.