artwork gemma kearney
artwork by gemma kearney
artwork by gemma kearney
artwork by gemma kearney
artwork by gemma kearney
artwork by gemma kearney

UTILITY

The forms and symbols used within this piece are part of a language used throughout previous works which have been developed over a number of years. The language is undoubtedly incoherent to the viewer in terms of its reference to past works, but basic human understanding of geometrical shape, colour and material along with its manifestation in the form of an art object, allows the transference of information to take place nonetheless. Perhaps this information is useless information. The piece attempts to question defunct ideological systems but at the same time tries to assert the importance or at least the hope that past means or systems can still be meaningful within contemporaneous structures.

In a more direct way I am questioning my own assertion in the belief of the art object in the face of the anti art object establishment - establishment. Does the gallery and art market override all ideological value of the object? What is a worthy and genuine ideological standpoint? What is the contribution of the artist to society and what is my role? Can material be genuinely infused with ideologies?

The work attempts at moving forward and back through the various political incentives of what it is to occupy space as a three dimensional object, what it is to be a painting and what it is to be a vessel carrying meaning. In turn this hopefully causes the viewer to move through the various different roles, physically and intellectually that a spectator inhabits whilst being confronted with different objects in space, whilst also flipping through their own memory banks, drawing associations with the abstracted forms and materials of the work.

The piece is a look at the everyday subtle exchange of useless information.
Utility, 2013
Utility, 2013-14
Utility, 2013-14
Utility (detail), 2013-14
Utility (detail), 2013-14
Utility (detail), 2013-14
Utility, 2013-14

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