25 July – 29 August 2015
Opening | Saturday 25 July 6pm
In a world consumed by quests for happiness and personal growth, Grant Stevens’ new exhibition, Dark Mess, delves into the psychic troubles that sometimes lie below the canopy. Working predominantly with video, photography and installation, Stevens’ practice explores how the verbal and non-verbal languages of popular screen culture interface with contemporary subjectivity. This exhibition continues Stevens’ interest in the natural environment as a catalyst and proxy for introspection and self-discovery. Pushing sound and image to distortion, Dark Mess offers a disquieting journey through the undergrowth.
Grant Stevens is an Australian artist currently based in Sydney. He has held numerous solo exhibitions nationally and internationally, including What We Had Was Real (2014), City Gallery, Wellington; Supermassive (2013), LA Louver, Venice, California; and No Bad Days (2009) IMA, Brisbane. His work has also been exhibited in many group shows at public museums and contemporary art spaces including GOMA Q: Contemporary Queensland Art (2015), QAGOMA, Brisbane; We Used to Talk About Love (2013), AGNSW, Sydney; and Desire Lines (2012), ACCA, Melbourne. In 2007, Stevens received his PhD from the Queensland University of Technology, where he was subsequently a Lecturer in Visual Arts (2011-2014). He is currently a Lecturer at UNSW Art & Design, and is represented by Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney, and Starkwhite, Auckland.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.
Image: Grant Stevens, Dark Mess, 2015, production image, courtesy the artist and Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney.