LIGHTSCAPES / 22 February to 17 June 2014 at Rodda Lane and the Lightwell
In conjunction with the 2014 White Night Festival, RMIT:ART:INTERSECT presents Lightscapes Projects 5 —an exhibition of ten lightboxes which showcase both current students and graduates. The illuminative quality of the lightbox structures themselves perforate the University, it's people and places with light.
We are in control, 2012, Digital capture
Collage for catastrophe, 2013, Digital capture
Early Warning, 2012, Digital capture
This work is concerned with the aesthetic rendering of environmental events that may have been triggered by the various activities of Industry, and more passively by various aspects of ecological faults and mistakes. These images concern an imagined ground zero site in a desert, an accident resulting in a nuclear explosion rendering the surface of the desert sand into glass.
Billan’s current PhD Project, Imaging the aesthetics of the subtle catastrophe, is an investigation into the catastrophic event, a dialogical and a visual platform using photographic stills, video and sound. He also teaches a range of subjects in Print Imaging Practice at the School of Art, RMIT University.
That which counts cannot be counted, 2013, Silkscreen on canvas
Everything and Nothing employs an expansive, iconographic vocabulary of images to portray an overload of information. A wide variety of themes are touched upon as a means of questioning the problem of asserting individual identity when burdened with too much choice. Themes, ideas and imagery all compete for our visual attention and yet remain suspended in homogenised chaos within the confines of the picture plane –permeable and easily penetrated by the neutrality of the white, flat space in which it floats.
Moth from Saturnalia Industrialis-series, 2013, Digital print
The porosity of the physical environment of the university - the way it seems to move, turn and breathe freely, its smallest details and the unexpected or yet undiscovered places – is a seduction...
Hypnotised and drawn in by the glowing boxes of light, a fragile, new species of the urban moth has landed for a white night.
Int-Erupt, 2013, Digital Media
Permeable mountain oozing transparent light and colour that may just be a little sickly sticky.
Drift, 2013, Ink on paper
Water: The vital element of connection, to be deprived of it is to cease to exist. It bridges the gaps between our continents, it is equally essential to all beings. It passes over and throughout porous bodies in an infinite cycle.
A view from a window on Nicholson Street, 2014, 35mm film photograph
Subjecting the idea of the camera’s gaze, my visual is obscured and filtered by the glass of an empty, lingering beer bottle. In the early morning light, the cityscape becomes swells of colour as my hazy experiences seep into reality and form a fleeting glimpse of euphoria.
THE BIRDS ARI
Golden Rulz, 2013
Golden Rulz is an ongoing project by artist collective ‘The Birds’ that playfully looks at what it means to be a successful artist in a contemporary art world. The first stage of the project saw the artists collaborate on a collectable set of golden rules for making it as a ‘golden artist’. In the project’s second iteration, The Birds transform themselves into golden artists by literally performing as a lump of gold, posing together awkwardly in a single golden Lycra costume.
Midway, 2013, Oil on linen
Mundane spaces, porous space, imbued with an ephemeral and poetic quality; the interior paintings series (which Midway comes from) provokes the viewer to experience domestic and other mundane spaces as passageways into the unknown. Emotive and psychologically charged, the interiors works endeavour to convey the sense that they are dealing with something different altogether. Using a physical space as a motif to act as a psychological space for the viewer.
I am interested in the sensations aroused in the experience of rooms as passageways, the ephemeral quality of the reflection of light and shadow upon walls, the disquieting effect of a confined empty space, the promise of the exit; a light saturated window or door.