In response to my first series Transcendence where two oddities coexist in a transient environment, Cygnus is of one body that evolves into the other to live in an ideal.
Significant moments become of this trek, as I challenge, reject and develop what is fulfilling my life to be more minimal and honest to myself. Intense emotions I feel and deep scenarios that I may be in are filtered through the work. This allows the curated exhibition to breathe the same aura that I possess.
Aesthetically the gallery is atmospheric, fragile and moody. Cygnus consists of abstract paintings, experimental videos and found-object assemblages. My surroundings influence the inception of the work, but the art is invested in internal environments of the viewer and myself. The audience and I may feel as if we are floating in the space, for the work is quite tidal.
In addition, the videos manipulate time, and may project a specific ambience and even absorb sensory details of the space. So there is a movement between specificity of the site and the virtual worlds of the art, which ultimately is the act of transcending and coexisting.
Finally, working with the curator of Cygnus, Heino Schmid, has been invigorating. I find it useful that he delves into my work with enthusiasm and generosity. There is a steady dialogue that promotes experimentation, understanding, resolutions and footing for future developments.
Statement by Dominique Knowles.
Source: ARC Magazine
The exhibition will run until July 14, 2014