Peter Alwast (Poland, 1975) works across drawing, painting and video animation. His work investigates private and public space and the way the personal becomes translated and transformed through technology and new media.
Janek The Cloud is narrated by a cloud called Janek, and combines personal narrative with fiction, blurring the line between subjectivity and constructed history. This video animation contains a series of constructed virtual landscapes of imaginary snow scenes based on recollections of a Polish landscape painting, which function as substitutes for something that has been lost or that may have not even existed. The work also contains a sequence of shots that combine falling snow flakes with video footage of Gold Coast suburbs in Australia, exposing the constructed nature of digital animation and the immersive image by mixing two contradictory representational modes.
Sound by Andrew White
In Relics a large geo-sphere contains an idealized pseudo suburban development with a series of screens displaying fireworks, a jumble of signs promising a better life. The reflecting chrome blobs in the center of the scene have child-like spills of letters around them, disrupting the clean virtual space around them. These blobs reflect external housing structures and within these reflections the structures take on the quality of bones. The blobs also reflect images of MRI's (head, chest, and feet) combining internal imagery of the body with external imagery of the suburban development. One blob has embedded video footage of swinging girls that glide over a cross section of an MRI chest. The image starts from a ghost-like abstraction that moves out into a formed image. The swing references a chest that expands and contracts like a breath. The breath takes in, reflects and envelopes the fabricated environment.
ShwAAA tower shoots out blobs from its core that morph into readymade suburbs. This fabricated suburban environment is a controllable content of the ShwAAA factory, however there is an entity in this landscape that disrupts the gaze of ShwAAA tower called The Spirit of The Plains. This oasis, this fork in the road disrupts the geometry of the landscape. Somewhere between the real and imaginary this work combines 3D animation with live video and sound.
Gallery Barry Keldoulis (Sydney) www.gbk.com.au