Greg Neville & Kirsten Perry
4 - 23 December 2012
Opening Tuesday 14 November, 6-8pm
Face/Time features two Melbourne artists whose work shares similar concerns about the face in states of transition. In each case, technology has been used to create representations of the artist's face where process and time have transformed likeness into essential visual forms. These ghostly figures provoke thoughts about identity and mortality, the experience of time and its effects on the body.
The subject of Greg Neville's distorted images is decay and entropy. They are derived from a collection of his own ID photos, a history of his face over three decades. Through repeated photocopying, the original likenesses have progressively decayed, replacing the 'signal' with 'noise' as in a badly tuned television. The process of visual decay leaves only a trace of the original form, and is analogous to the genetic process where flaws in cellular reproduction lead to the ageing process.
The sequence of self-portraits have been constructed entirely from the recorded gaze path as the artist stares at an image of her own face over an hour-long period. Diagramming sight, the process operates as a kind of prolonged and deliberate looking; actively removing the 'artist's hand' from the drawing process, to draw directly with the sight lines of the viewer. The drawings intend to make visible how we see, and in particular how we look at the Other, as driven by a basic need to understand and respond to one another we focus on the areas of the face responsible for sensing and reacting.