Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Absence is all that is left behind
Robert George
by: Kathryn Tsui, curator

In this two part moving image and sound work artist Robert George captures the interior landscape of the human mind, to consider death and life after death. He captures a space in which the waking mind gives way to the unconscious mind, where dreams, memories and symbolism take over.

Absence is all that is left behind (2013), portrays life after death in one long continuous shot. It is a surreal moving image work that is full of luminous light with one figure who’s details burn out to white light.

The Embrace of Night (Go To Sleep) (2013) contemplates the possible frenzied moments surrounding death. It is an aggressive visual piece with a rapid rush of figures that come and go from the dark. This piece involves over 500 edits.  

Increasingly, George’s filmic art practice is non-narrative and experimental. As a film maker George still values fundamental techniques and the craftsmanship of the film medium, working consciously on colour, tone, lighting, framing and editing. Visually his moving images are highly stylised and heavily treated a lasting influence of 10 years of experience in the film and post production industry.

Artist biography
Robert George is an Auckland based film maker with Cook Islands and Māori (te Arawa) heritage. Originally he studied Fine Arts and Design at Waiariki Polytechnic in Rotorua before completing a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Sociology from Victoria University, Wellington in 2001. George has a background in painting and illustration and over 10 years’ experience within the Film and Television industry. Recent exhibitions include, Fly Me Up To Where You Are: Te Waharoa in collaboration with Tiffany Singh for the Auckland Arts Festival 2013, and PIRIANGA TOTO - BLOOD TIES, Fresh Gallery Otara, 2013.

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