Acrylic and screen print on board. 5.12m x 2.28m x 2.85m
This work is an extension of my painting practice. The edge of the canvas is expanded to create an all-encompassing environment. The painting becomes a pattern which is applied to the walls, floor and ceiling. The lighting brings out the fluorescent nature of the ink creating an otherworldly environment to pass through.
Aesthetically the project draws on things I am interested in. Set design and props from science fiction, otherworldly spaces, artificial music, video clips and technology, such as micro chips and circuit boards. These things have been removed from their context, simplified and incorporated into a system that creates a painting. As my practice has grown to encompass the space outside the canvas, this brings the viewer physically into an environment in which they previously had to project themselves. As people pass through this artificial environment they become the protagonists in a science fiction movie or the synth pop star in the computer generated film clip. Like going to a foreign place everything is amazing, sparkly and new for a while. We are on an adventure in an exotic and strange place. Until we become used to it.
Sam Songailo’s practice is based in painting and includes large scale installations and video. He was the recipient of the Adelaide Critics’ Circle Emerging Visual Artist Award (2010). Sam holds a Bachelor of Visual Communication (Graphic Design) from the University of South Australia. He has exhibited extensively in alternative gallery spaces in Adelaide and now bases his practice in Melbourne, Australia.
Related Past Events:
- Science as Culture
- National Science Week 3D Printing Tour
- Ologism 2013
- Energy Landscapes: the new frontier Artist talk
- 'Where? Why? Where?' and 'Earth: May Contain Traces of Human'
- Other Science Shows at Fringe 2013
- A Week In Science – 31 May 2013
- Leading Trio to Inspire Women in Science (20 November 2012)
- Is art and science speaking the same language?
- Media release - The Clock: Regional Tour (18 April 2013)