Opening: Wednesday 14 August, 6-8pm
Dates: 14 – 31 August 2013
‘Concrete Joke’ is an ongoing exploration into the construction and deconstruction of meaning making, through confused language and re-appropriated word association. Caught in an ever collapsing state of ‘trying to make sense’, four fractured conversations direct and diverge awkward utterings and throwaway verse through cyclic and psychotic patterns of video assemblage.
Sarah Byrne is a Brisbane-based artist interested in the cross-pollination of video, sound, and performative installation practice tainted by cringe culture and pop critique. Through modes of appropriated video manipulation, Byrne investigates conceptual and material forms of distortion, video poetics, and the disruption of psychological, physical, and screen space. Playing emphasis upon repetition and nonsensical dialectics; Sarah creates alienated spaces for the uncomfortable and off-kilter, utilizing Thought Vaccum dialogues and scratch video methods to explore abstract reflective deconstructions of contemporary identity.
Sarah graduated Fine Arts with Honours from the Queensland University of Technology in 2008.
Recent developments in Sarah’s practice currently focus upon the dissection of VHS materials and media artifacts. Such materials have been primarily explored within multi-screen installation works included in exhibitions such as; 'Artists’ Proof #1', Monash University Museum of Art, 2012; 'Time Machine', Serial Space, 2012; 'GHOSTHOUSE', Boxcopy, 2011; 'Psycho Subtropics', OtherFilm 2010; and 'Fresh Cut', Institute of Modern Art, 2009.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.