Ross Manning - The Travelling Brain, 2015
2 July 2015
Ross Manning’s spatial intervention at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, The Travelling Brain (2015), sees familiar materials take on psychedelic forms. Composed of quotidian, consumer products such as TV screens, fluorescent lights, household fans and knitting wool, the works are reflective of the artist’s ongoing interrogation into the determining influences of contemporary technologies upon human perception.
Manning’s dynamic assemblages are known not only for their playful composition of distinct and often unlikely materials, but also for their artful deployment of optical phenomena. Physical properties and interactions of light - as the source of both natural and artistic visual spectacle - are harnessed through Manning’s experimental orchestration of refracted parts.
Upon entering the gallery, the viewer encounters Black light and spirals (2015). A radiant purple neon visually anchors the suspended wooden structure, as twirling woollen spirals echo the light’s intense frequency. Translating invisible energies into matter in motion, the work explores the hidden forms and patterns that underlie visual perception.
This kinetic sculpture is complemented by Manning’s alluring Dichroic filter piece (wall/screen) (2015). This mounted work “rakes” projected light through a cluster of Dichroic filters, which serve to direct and reflect elements of the colour spectrum. Utilising the material employed within the optical mechanics of colour projection, the fragmented play of light in Dichroic filter piece (wall/screen) dissembles the electronic image, undermining the perceived authority of prescriptive screen technology.
A mobile of LCD divertissements, The Travelling Brain (2015) commands the viewer’s attention. Prominent beams orbit independently from one another, as networked screens are fed live imagery in response to the work’s oscillations. Filmed through a delicately suspended crystal, the hypnotic video-feedback system echoes over fours screens, seductively glinting and flickering with vibrant jewel colours. A system of impulses travelling through disjointed sculptural space, this metaphorical cerebrum sustains itself as both consumer and producer of images.
Exhibition opening: Thursday, 2 July, 6-8pm
Exhibition dates: 2 July – 1 August 2015
Gallery hours: Tuesday–Friday 10am–6pm, Saturday 11am–6pm