Hugh Davis Electromagnetic guitars and MISCELLANEOUS interventionsOpening: Tuesday 6 September, 6-8pm Dates: 6-24 September 2011
‘Electromagnetic Guitars’ is an HD video projection featuring modern pop culture’s greatest success story, the electric guitar. Backed with the strangely familiar sound of electromagnetic radiation that echoes ever present, the piece brings the new commonplace commodity of the mobile to the stage of music fame and lets it play a song. Due to the proliferation of electronic devices such as the mobile phone in everyday life, we are not often distanced from these sounds majorly unheard… they lie just out of reach from our gamut of perception, but here in ‘Electromagnetic Guitars’ they are put out on display.
‘The Miscellaneous Interventions’ include a series of monochrome thermal prints that line the gallery walls. These curious abstracted images framed in laminated wood and gold give a sense of the nostalgia whilst concurrently transcending the everyday experience that would normally evoke reminiscence. The images contain secrets, complementing the video in linking the commonplace to the extraordinary.
Hugh Davis (born 1985) is a Melbourne based artist whose work deals with a personal relationship and respect for technology that simultaneously disregards technology’s perceived aura. In 2002 he formed the Dirty Mits, a Punk band that would last five years and tour internationally. In creating the group’s persona and imagery, Hugh honed a DIY ethic to image creation that would extend into his approach towards media, technology and the arts. He completed a BA (Multimedia) with honours in 2005 and explored community radio, television, animation, publishing, music and design before focusing on his artistic practice in 2008. In 2010, Hugh completed the Postgraduate Diploma of Visual Arts at the VCA, is currently a candidate for the Master of Visual Arts, and has begun to exhibition locally in 2011.
For more information Hugh Davis can be found at BetaAffair.com