No feeling whatsoever, 2016

No feeling whatsoever, 2016

PHOTOGRAPHY Brenton McGeachie   ARTWORKS Hidden Persuaders series, 2014 Images of very small things series, 2016 Karesansui 1 & 2, 2016 These drawings explore scale and time through a singular output of pen to paper using a small plotter. The larger images, based on Japanese karesansui rock gardens, are 3-dimensional scans of inflatable rocks constructed while on a residency in Japan. These are 1:1 scale. The two large drawings, comprised of 35 panels, are made up of 1,513,159 lines, taking 11 days, 13 hours, 23 minutes and 31 seconds for the pen to travel 7.34 km path. The smaller drawings are all rendered circles, converted from constructed and found images. Each image represents a form that is 1,000-10,000 times magnified. Each dot on the page representing hundreds of the represented image, each image with up to 50,000 dots....
Avarice : Auspice, 2016

Avarice : Auspice, 2016

PHOTOGRAPHY Rob Little Digital Images (RLDI) and courtesy of Canberra Museum and Gallery This project continues an exploration of concepts of the unseen and in particular, the concept of ‘reading air’. Divised as an avarice pump, this gold inflatable harnesses attention, a funnel for...
Exact Fantasies, 2012

Exact Fantasies, 2012

At the culmination of his PhD, Jay Kochel presents Exact Fantasies, a series of four tableaux that explore the relationships between fetish, magic and interfacing the body. He uses material metaphors of containment, boundaries and fluidity to incorporate perceptions of purity and contagion. The tableaux allude to phantasmagoria and a Freudian sense of the uncanny, a sense of the familiar made foreign. This sense of misrecognition acknowledges the power of mimetic transformation that occurs through sympathetic magic, giving bodily power to objects that bear no resemblance to the bodies they reference.

Accursed Gilded Wishes, 2010

Accursed Gilded Wishes, 2010

This exhibition presents research in progress. As a result of recent fieldwork in Europe this body of work focuses on the magical artifact – reliquaries, voodoo dolls, votive objects, folk magic, juju, ex voto – objects that incorporate human remains or a mimesis of the body. Where there is a material and psychic strategy to harness a spiritual or magical affect. The transference of energy, heat or mana between body and object as a means by which the material world is animated, charged up, and exerts force over people – an exploration of gods in the making.

Touch me Gertrude Stein, 2009

Touch me Gertrude Stein, 2009

In Jay Kochel’s Touch Me Gertrude Stein a sparse collection of transparent assemblages is carefully arranged in the gallery: some suspended mid-air, others laid out on the ?oor or placed on a shelf. The artist has cast in clear plastic an assortment of tools, consumer items and accessories, a shining sample of detritus for a future archaeologist of our times: i-pod, scuba-mouthpieces, vibratory massager, thongs, enema-nozzles, foot-pumps and toilet plungers. Spot-lit in the dim gallery space, the objects are presented in seemingly incongruous pairs, joined together or connected by thin plastic tubes. The height of each object corresponds to the body part that would most appropriately interact with it: headphones hang ready for the head, foot-pumps lie in wait for the feet. On first inspection each object is a meticulous replica of its original, down to the engraving of non-slip grips and the glinting texture of screw-thread. And yet on closer observation the forms are not perfect and it is hard to determine by eye if they are hard or soft. The Slumpy bottle and pump is just that, and there is a sense of plastic fluidity about even the best-replicated objects that adds a tinge of the uncanny, as if we are observing a temporary stage in the creation or dissolution of each piece.

I wish I was David Bowie, 2008

I wish I was David Bowie, 2008

I wish I was David Bowie is an exhibition that de-skins the surfaces of the everyday. Objects, video and photography explore the constructions of gender and self by examining the personal objects of intimacy.

The persona of David Bowie the pop-icon icon acts as a focus for our personal wish fulfillment, our constructed self identity from the popular culture surrounding us. A persona which we all construct from interactions with the everyday.

Toys begin as a form of social construction, of context given to us to engender learning through play. A way of relating to the world we are born into. A ready-made meaning that elucidates the world of culture, a script for the skins we wear. By de-skinning these personas, what is left? The unnerving familiarity of something recognisable but not known?

The viewmaster series represents a loss of innocence, a form of nostalgia. I only see a flat world, a half world. The depth of things becomes a surface, a skin. The ways of seeing an exteriority, a surface of things, the skin we put on, creates us, to others and ourselves.

Lingoplasty, 2005

Lingoplasty, 2005

Interactive sound installation custom speakers, custom programming, motion tracking webcam, computer modelled templates hand-cut & built from laminated cardboard, steel dimensions variable each pod measures 200 x 200 x 180 cm RE-EXHIBITED LINGOPLASTY_REPLAY, 2005 ANCA Gallery, Canberra 17 – 28 August 2005 MEDIA THE PROGRAM, JJJ ARTS CREW ART’N’SOUL, 2XX COMMUNITY RADIO Lingoplasty is an interactive soundscape composed of two large speaking objects. These objects utter nonsensical language as the viewer moves between them, the space is mapped to their exploration of the environment. This nonsense, or no sense, is taken from children’s nursery rhymes and TV shows. Something we are all exposed to, something that lives in the undercurrent of our conscious mind: the symbology of nonsense teaching us the boundaries of meaning. Nostalgia for the child mind. Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe: All mimsy were the borogoves, And the mome raths outgrabe. Lewis Carroll (from Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, 1872) For some, the human impulse to find meaning in what is actually random or nonsensical is what makes people find luck in coincidence, or believe in omens and divination. This is the pattern recognition of an open mind, sifting signal from noise. A willingness to dream. Teaching a machine to see, the imagination to hear and space to speak. Between the world of language and objects the body rests. The objects in Lingoplasty are machines designed to assemble language according to simple templates of sentence structure, such as: subject, verb, object. By sampling words from sources of popular culture, categorising these words and then randomly...