YINJAA BARNI
SAM DOCTOR
JOHN A DOUGLAS
EMMA FINNERAN
NATHAN HAWKES
ANDRE HEMER
HARLEY IVES
JAMES KERR
JASPER KNIGHT
ADDISON MARSHALL
TARA MARYNOWSKY
MATHEW MCWILLIAMS
KATE MITCHELL
JAMES ORAM
ALEXANDRA STANDEN
OLIVER WATTS
MARK WHALEN
TRENT WHITEHEAD
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James Kerr is an emerging artist working in sculpture, performance, collage and installation. His work embodies a complex and contemporary dynamic, between sculpture and collage. Kerr directly references a notion of contemporary beauty whilst also catering to the trans- historical symbolic powers of nature. These works symbolize an abstracted form of Darwins Natural Selection but in a contemporary world also embody current experimental variations within 'nature'. As such, an interesting binary between the living and the preserved dead is played out in such a way as to confuse the Real and the fantastical. It becomes important to note that his works possess an element of hybridity in their splicing, and as such, an ambiguity to their literal and symbolic origins. As outlined in bataille's The Language of Flowers, these objects only really come to exist through the power of culture and the way we imbue them with value: the ideal manifestation of love, hate, and other emotions. They become the relics of diverse psychological states.
Kerr's works also become the index of the evolution of a relationship. Although equated to a form of naturalism, it becomes important to recognize that these works are cast, pressed and manipulated, they are within culture and the realm of the fantastical. The works also manifest uncertainty and anxiety, an anxiety one sees in love and the arbitrariness of nature and seen even in the venerated branches of science.