Smithson is proud to present two artists as they come together to unveil a strikingly bold exhibition. Artists Jono Boyle & Adam Koukoudakis will debut new bodies of work constructed from personal and cultural references that will push the viewer to question their own connection with the past, present and future.
In a world inundated with repetition and regurgitation the impact and influence of the past on our everyday present can be underestimated. Boyle and Koukoudakis both source and scour for material to create collages that springboard towards final artworks that seek to find poignant comparisons and contradictions within our society and personal lives. Both artists acknowledge that this recycling of material allows the viewer ownership of their own reactions and provides opportunity for self-reflection.
Boyle’s new work is very considered, sometimes playful but often with an air of melancholy. He removes elements in a way that allows the viewer to question not what the object once was, but what it now represents. His use of text, slogans, quotes, song lyrics and Royal imagery contrasts with cinematic moments and acts to reflect punctuation points in our own lives - as well as serving as a trigger for questioning how we reflect our own personalities and look for meaning in the world.
Koukoudakis returns to the artistic fold after a short hiatus to enjoy the rewards of Fatherhood. His collage inspired paintings combine an obsessive curiosity of historical and documentary imagery accomplished with his hand executed half–tone dot “filter”. Previously addressing socio–political concerns, his new work reflects a more personal and auto- biographical exploration of visual memories through the deconstruction and reconstruction of imagery. The results are progressive and powerful paintings which force the viewer to scrutinise his process, as well as reflecting on what may have been his source of inspiration.
Cultural Debris welcomes you to view two talented and powerful artists in a confident, engaging exhibition of work.
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