Andrew Styan: The Bell Buoy - Art Collector

© Andrew Styan The Bell Buoy [installation], 2015. Courtesy: the artist and Stills Gallery, Sydney

Humanity’s impact on the climate is profound and yet the collective will to act is absent. The explanation for this paradox may lie in an inability to distinguish the physical reality of the world we inhabit from the version of it mediated through technology and the media.

Andrew Styan’s The Bell Buoy, a kinetic multimedia installation, explores this idea. A mechanically rotating piece of coal is filmed and projected live in the gallery space creating a surreal vision of an asteroid looming ever closer. While the approaching asteroid of disaster-movie fiction becomes a metaphor for the imminent climate catastrophe, its source in physical reality - the spinning fragment of fossil fuel - draws a parallel with our hyperreal world. The lone, silent buoy watches over the scene, but is an impotent warning of the danger. As Kipling’s poem ‘The Bell Buoy’ heralds, “By the gates of doom I sing, On the horns of death I ride.”

Exhibition opens: 6-8pm Wednesday 22 July 2015
Exhibition closes: 29 August 2015
Location: Stills Gallery, 36 Gosbell St Paddington NSW 2021

Contact: 02 9331 7775

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