SHANNON MARLBOROUGH (WA) - TOUCH MY HAND
FEldark: 2nd - 18TH May 2019
Touch My Hand seeks to explore GIFs as an artistic medium through investigating their materiality. Marlborough is interested in giving GIFs the same objecthood invested in traditional mediums like painting.
In a process similar to painting, Marlborough’s moving image works are comprised of layered GIFs. These GIFs are predominately collected from archived Web 1.0 sites and the Myspace Era internet. The canvas is arranged with attention given to colour, movement, and rhythm. An emphasis is placed on GIFs with visible textural qualities. Riffing on brushstrokes and paint drips, Marlborough leaves traces of digital mark making. Within this context this means: pixelating content, creating glitches, and utilising the default grey tones of digital editing software. By presenting these GIF compositions within the gallery space, Marlborough aims to question the non-durational nature of painting.
Touch My Hand is part of an ongoing inquiry into the disembodied essence of digital forms. Marlborough gives alternate material properties to moving images through installation, with the intention of creating a bodily interaction between viewer and moving image.