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Be Public In the Now

When:

Mon 28 Aug 2017, 9:00am
Tue 29 Aug 2017, 9:00am
Wed 30 Aug 2017, 9:00am
Thu 31 Aug 2017, 9:00am
Fri 1 Sep 2017, 9:00am

Where: Brisbane Square Library, 266 George St Brisbane, Brisbane CBD, Queensland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free
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The self-taught artist Christopher R. Inwood has painted 17 large original 'Memes', using traditional oil painting. Be Public In The Now draws from the composition and aesthetic of our current homogenised digital culture, so as to provide a vehicle for direct communication with the people of our time. The ‘meme’ has been used as a formula for the composition of the paintings in the show, due to its simple and direct ability to communicate ideas, and ease of engagement. The contemporary oil portraits are constructed using the unique parameters and benefits of the new digital aesthetic, and will be combined with text that comments on issues prevalent in our current and future culture.

The use of oil painting draws from Inwood’s knowledge of art history and his understanding of the refinement of painting. This enables him to bring the immaterial into the tangible world and allows the viewer to recognise the images as art. The visual intrigue created by the painted memes is supported by didactics that direct the viewer to further information regarding each topic discussed in each painting. The didactics display QR codes that link the viewer to videos, articles and content that will expand the knowledge of the viewers through the process of autodidactism (self education).

Be Public In The Now, aims to directly communicate observations and pressing concepts of our future existence through the use of digital language combined with imagery indicative of our temporality. The extended format of this exhibition aims to further promote the growing importance and value of self-education, as autodidacticism becomes heavily relevant in an age of information and post truth.