Untitled (16 Australian Films), 2017

Tommaso Nervegna-Reed

Untitled (16 Australian Films), 2017
Site Number: 34
Site Location: Ladro, 224 Gertrude Street
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This projection explores ‘film grammar’ – the traditional language and image conventions of filmaking. It seeks to challenge the way we understand and absorb visual information. The slicing of multiple films creates non-chronological relations that blur the normal genre boundaries into one ever-expanding open field. This work is interested in understanding the screen as a sort of ground zero, a blank canvas or threshold, used to measure the space within.

Drawing a correlation between the two dimensional screen, and the three dimensional world, this work alludes to the many possible liminal worlds within the screen. In this instance, these worlds multiplied and are sliced together. Duration is a matter of perspective and in this instance the viewer determines the duration of their experience / their encounter with the work. The compositional layers speak to the cultural history of cinema, creating a dialogue between different directors, writers and audiences. An abstract, cinematic visual analysis of society’s values and visual language across time and place.

Tommaso Nervegna-Reed

Tommaso Nervegna-Reed’s practice involves a range of media and approaches including sculpture, video, painting and installation. With his longstanding interest in architecture and film, Tommaso’s work explores a number of relations between surface and object, 2D and 3D space, perception and memory, truth and fiction. Tommaso borrows elements from the real world to initiate social critique. His work resonates with a pop sensibility, often incorporating found images or appropriated footage and objects. The investigation of the experience between the viewer and object seeks to test the ways in which we conventionally view artworks.