John R Neeson
Readymade Still Life
John R Neeson presents his street based curatorial project that extends the possibilities of the Still Life through images of found arrangements of abandoned objects in the streets of Fitzroy and Collingwood. "In an attitude related to the flȃneur, I began recording these ‘found’ still life on a smart phone as I traversed the neighbourhood. Daily immersion in the street art culture of Fitzroy/Collingwood influenced my thinking concerning the possibilities inherent in egalitarian public access to visual art. There is also an affinity between my collecting evidence of a consumer driven society in the second decade of this century and the Nouveau Réalisme of 1960’s Paris. The same "poetic recycling of urban, industrial and advertising reality" occurs, but in this case selection is made by the artist as curator of evidence. The creative act is the framing of socio-political signifiers in terms of the conventions of the Still Life genre, removing them from their original context as recorded images and re-presenting them in a second and related public context."
May 2016 - present
Collingwood, Melbourne, Australia