Grant Stevens is represented in Pacific Real Time, the inaugural edition of Auckland Art Fair Project Programme curated by Jarrod Rawlins, curator at MONA, Hobart, and Simon Rees, Director, Govett Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre, New Plymouth.
The curators have selected Stevens’ multi-channel video installation Sky in which a virtual camera floats across a panorama of endlessly generating digital clouds. Created with a single photograph as its starting point, Sky explores the possibilities for the proliferation of the digital image, while also seeking space for quietude and contemplation. Accompanied by a dreamy soundscape, which is similarly digitally generated to create infinitely variable patterns and loops, Sky’s panorama is without progression or climax. Instead, as a counterpoint to our ‘culture of distraction’, it offers a kind of meditation on the perpetual present; an ever-changing, yet consistent experience of the present moment.
Image: Grant Stevens, Sky 2016, HD video with surround sound, multiple display formats, infinite loop, edition of 5 plus a/p