No More Free Art is the working title for a new body of work inspired by my perceived view that the arts community, specifically individual artists, are heavily subsidising the consumption of visual art in Australia. The work seeks to challenge the apparent acceptance that art should be funded by a sector of the community that can least afford it.
No more Free Art will introduce pay per view capabilities by integrating coin operated mechanisms. Early work has focused on producing display cabinets which require a $1 coin to be inserted to view the artwork inside the cabinet for 30 seconds. It is my aim to disrupt established patterns of art consumption. By requiring the viewer to pay for their “cultural entertainment” I want them to consider their commitment to supporting the arts and artists. Is it OK for them to freely consume art subsidised by an artist whose income is likely to be considerably less than their own?
Future coin operated kinetic artworks are being planned – stay tuned. For videos of the display cabinets in action and new artwork developments go to my Instagram account.
Parasite was installed as part of the Exquisite Corpse Exhibition at Contemporary Art Tasmania in 2018. This work took the form of a DIY lighting system. A solar panel charged a battery by capturing the energy emitted from in-situ gallery lighting. The stored energy was then used to power a moving solitary light to slowly illuminate my Carbon Capture and Storage drawings, one drawing at a time. A sensor ensured the moving light only activated when someone was in the gallery, allowing the battery to remain charged by capturing the otherwise wasted energy of lighting an empty space. These apparent efficiency measures are however a nonsense given the amount of electricity used by the gallery lighting to power this work far exceeds the energy harvested by the solar panel. This custom lighting rig generates connections between the consumption of energy and the consumption of art, drawing links between our automated viewing of artwork and our passive acceptance of the energy required to facilitate ideal display conditions.