Suppermassive

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Description

Working in a variety of media, including sculpture, drawing and photography, as well as video, Stevens experiments with sound, text and imagery to explore and manipulate the conventions of narrative. At the core of his practice is a desire to understand how we construct and communicate our experience lived and imagined, social and psychological. The largest work in the exhibition is a four-channel video installation that Stevens describes as 'a visualization of a mental landscape based on abstract, spatial representations of text.' The viewer is immersed in a moving, abstract environment of text clusters that refer to seemingly diverse and dissonant topics: self-affirmations, an Indian restaurant menu, the periodic table, and common prescription drugs. As each cluster was sourced online, it bears the trace of how one navigates through online information. Another single-channel video features a flowing, animated waterfall, sentimental stock music, and text appropriated from a popular talk show host's self-help advice. Rogue Wave Projects

Creator

Stevens, Grant

Date

2013

Rights

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Genre

Video Installation/Generative poetry

Platform

Video installation

Image 1 Description / Attribution

Grant Stevens, Supermassive, 2013, synchronised four-channel digital video with sound, 11 min 17 sec, installation view at LA Louver, Venice, CA, photo: Jeff McLane, courtesy the artist, LA Louver, Venice, CA, and Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney

Image 2 Description / Attribution

Grant Stevens, Supermassive, 2013, synchronised four-channel digital video with sound, 11 min 17 sec, video still, courtesy the artist and Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney

Citation

Stevens, Grant, “Suppermassive,” ADELTA, accessed April 23, 2024, http://sstars.ws/items/show/232.