14 Nov - 1 Dec 2018
Opening Night | Thursday 15 Nov, 6pm–8pm
Endless Projection consists of a number of new works by Stephen Palmer which utilise photography and video. The works come out of an ongoing investigation into the image as a prosthetic means of perception. Here the prosthesis is considered not simply as an extension of vision, but as an apparatus which exposes the uncertainty of perception through the act of imaging or transcription. The works consist of particular gestures or processes undertaken with the camera, which elicit both the possibility of a seductive identification with the image, and contrary moments disruption or discontinuity. Endless Projection evokes the melancholic process of recall as facilitated by photography, the machinic metaphor of unconscious desire, and representation as a process of constant misapprehension.
Endless Projection is a feature of carousel slide projectors with a built in timer mechanism. Naturally the exhibition has a beginning and an end, but the force of projection, in the sense of desire manifested in vision, seems endless. Suffice to say the works are repetitive, they have a cyclic structure.
Stephen Palmer is an artist and writer based in Melbourne. He recently completed a PhD in Fine Art at the Victorian College of the Arts, which examined the nature of perception in the writings of Samuel Beckett. He has taught, predominantly in Art Theory, at Universities in Melbourne. Recent exhibitions include Vexed Appendix (George Paton Gallery), Hesitation (BUS Projects) and Faux Novel (RMIT Project Space). He was a facilitator of Light Projects ARI, Northcote.
IMAGE | Stephen Palmer, Endless Projection, 2017, detail, colour slides, slide projectors, timer. | Courtesy of the artist.