Josh Owen is presenting his uniquely rendered video artwork as part of the Shake It Up exhibition in the Nishi Gallery show, curated by Professor David Williams AM and Anna Trundle. 'Running Study' tracks motion as a figure runs from left to right alongside the camera. The figure spends the majority of the time stationary within the frame, while elements of the landscape come flying past, leaving trails in their wake. This work is highly influenced by the Cubist and Futurist movements, which were obsessed with the tracking and interpretation of objects in motion. In particular, Marcel Duchamp’s 1912 painting ‘Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2’ attempts to track a figure as it moves up and down a staircase, and expresses this entire motion in one still frame. By manipulating actual moving pictures where we can precisely track movement over time, the artist hopes to further examine the relationship between time, space, and presence for a contemporary audience.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Josh Owen is an emerging artist based in Canberra, Australia. His central practice is focused on producing mood-driven audiovisual work that challenges the viewer to re-evaluate their relationship with their senses. Much of his work employs video as a medium for sequencing and sampling, as well as the recording, illustration, and deconstruction of time and space.
Alongside his rendered video practice, Josh also works in painting and video performance; live-mixing video samples and his own work together to accompany or dictate attention and mood.
Event Area: Nishi Gallery