Henry Byrne - Personal Motivation
I have always been amazed at how certain light and views can cause such a biological reaction in me. I find it curious how, on there reflections I can still feel it effect me in a biological way.
I think over time we become a product of our surroundings. where we place our attention collectively carries unique elements.
If I look at a landscape, a painted landscape or a digital rendered landscape I am in some way projected to the same cognitive place, which is informed by memory and cultural conditioning. However I can not escapes my minds ability to reference and identify objects. For example, I have always admired landscape painting of Meindert Hobbema and Jacob van Ruisdael for that ability to project me back in time to those big skies, I have seen them on the trains when traveling from Groningen to Amsterdam. There is a distinctive cloud shape that was captured by them which is now to me a very Dutch cloud. As a contemporary artist I think the core desire of my practise is to interpret the world in the most relevant way to our perception. As our environment has changed so should the questions and the tools to show it.
Today the use of light based technology is so integral to our way of seeing the world we are blind to it. Media on the internet, smartphone cameras have pushed our perceptual horizons, we can communicate to a large part of the world in a way our predecessors could not. The reality of the screened computer is similar to the screen of a window in our perception. The ‘real’ and ‘virtual’ is becoming more nuanced. My work investigates the use of technologies to create atmospheres that allude to the cognitive extensions we place ourselves in, the curiosity lies in how we construct our memory’s and beliefs.
So my central themes are the effect of a virtual online experience on our memory. How does this detachment manifest itself in the way we view nature and ‘the other’.