Stevens, Grant (2009) Crushing. [Visual Artwork]

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In this video, phrases float around the screen offering a heartfelt account of a failed romance. Accompanied by a stock music piano soundtrack, the words initially flow at a readable pace. However, as the video progresses, the screen becomes more intensely filled with text so that it cannot be read all at once.

This work engages with the signifying processes of romantic clichés. It questions how we communicate grand ideas and emotions using words that seem to have all their sincerity sucked dry. By emphasizing the constructed nature of communication, and by problematizing the process of reading, this work draws attention to the fragmentary and dissociated processes that pervade signifying acts.

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ID Code: 48260
Item Type: Creative Work (Visual Artwork)
Refereed: No
Material: Digital video
Measurements or Duration: 4 min 13 sec
Location: From date: To date:
Starkwhite, Auckland 2009
Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane 2011
Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts 2010
The Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles, USA 2011
Keywords: art, video, signification, romance, cliche
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500) > Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting) (190502)
Divisions: Past > Disciplines > Art & Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Grant Stevens
Deposited On: 26 Jan 2012 22:28
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 05:51

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