Sunday, July 17, 2016

Being Here - Julia Oram at Depot Artspace, Devonport 2/7/16-20/7/16

Being Here is a painting and video installation that explores the intersection between digital processes and the traditions of painting.

The work includes video, and a series of experimental paintings on canvas and photographic work created from the moving images. The sometimes obscure though often recognisable images that capture ‘a moment in time’ stand alongside the moving images to provide a context.

Oram’s work reflects on our experience of being in the world and the passage of time, where the moving image re-creates an experience of ‘being there’ similar to our consciousness. Leszek Kolakowski ‘s description of consciousness relates to this process when he states that;

‘I am new at every moment but, by including the whole of my past in my present, I remain the same person.’

Her process investigates the ephemeral nature of video, and the random extraction of snapshots of movement and change that capture the process itself.
The fluid nature of the work itself and the medium is reflected in Henri Bergson’s discussion of time and consciousness when he comments that;

‘It is not the snapshots that are real, it’s the flux, the continuity of transition and change itself that are real.’

Oram intends to draw the audience into the work to reflect on how much we are like our own world, at the same time solid and liquid, and ready to change or dissolve at any moment.

Black Monitor


Green Bubble



Spark & Sooty

Green Bubble, Mercury Bubbles 1,2,3

Installation Shot

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