The Thrill of it All - Ben Moss
Opening - 6:00 PM - Wednesday, 7th of May
Artist Talk - 5:30 PM
Running - 7 May 2014 - 24 May 2014
Through nostalgia we form an intangible connection with often useless things, whether influenced by a fear of forgetting or as a talisman to accentuate remembrance, our creation of these memory objects can be interpreted as a form of animism. 'the thrill of it all' is a work incorporating two parts.
The first is an unassuming willow pattern plate atop a plinth. While unremarkable to the viewer, this plate (commandeered from my grandmother's cabinet) holds a great deal of personal nostalgic value as this dinnerware has punctuated my consciousness for as long as I can remember. By elevating the plate to the status of art object I am celebrating its value not culturally or economically but personally.
While the plate as a tangible object occupies the physicality, a scene occupies the negative space of the room as a wholly imagined image reminiscent of video games, stories and film from my youth. Like these forms of media, the diorama is an idealised image, it is my interpretation of an idea rather than an accurate recreation of a specific time or event, it is informed by a feeling of a space.
Ben Moss is an artist from Adelaide, South Australia, who is currently completing a Bachelor of Visual Arts (honours) at the University of South Australia. He has a varied multimedia practice that includes video, sound, sculpture and performance as well as investigating games as artistic medium, using both innovative and obsolete technologies that, to date, have included virtual reality, body tracking and sensory stimulus and triggers.