"how to read a beach"
Opening: Tuesday 4 Sept, 6 - 8pm
Dates: 4 September- 28 September 2019
how to read a beach intends to examine the non-authoritative potential of multivalent informational systems. The exhibition consists of both hand-rendered and printed materials - a collection of images and data compiled from the artists ongoing archive of internet based capital.
Removed from their original contexts; the analogue fragments of Brown’s archival system construct an ambiguous network for the viewer to attempt to comprehend. Addressing the relationship between sender and receiver; language and image, Brown continues his examination of visual systems and the homogenized ways in which we consume information today.
Due to a democratization of data and knowledge; historically appropriate methods of archiving and presenting information have become somewhat strange and absurd. Browns practice involves a process of applying these analogue and absurd methods to data and subjects which cause them to be broken down and become poetic rather than fixed and authoritative.
how to read a beach is intended as a system which is able to endure incomprehension whilst confronting the real – facilitating an informational economy that is subject to strange corruptions and connections between seemingly unrelated entities. The installation proposes an archival excerpt which cannot function, yet, still offers something through the implication of the viewer within the space.
Matt Brown (b. 1995) is an artist from Fremantle, Australia. He received his Bachelor of Fine Art from Curtin University of Technology (Western Australia) in 2017 and was winner of the South Perth Emerging Artist Award.
Brown creates collage-based works and installations that intend to challenge the normalised processes of the visually informative. This practice involves the development of absurd and ambiguous data systems which encourage informational promiscuity rather than the production of something linear or cohesive.
Recent exhibitions of the artist’s work include World Showcase Adventure, Cool Change Contemporary (WA) and ACCUMULATE, FELTspace Gallery (SA). Brown is currently an Artist in Residence at the Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth.