Move Over Damien

A large wall-panel is covered with a grid of shining spots which change colour and shape to form a series of complex patterns.
22 May - 08 Jun 2015 18:00 - Midnight
East Circular Quay, Sydney NSW 2000

Artist: Alan Rose
Country: Australia

Move Over Damien is a cheeky take on UK artist Damien Hirst’s ‘spot paintings’ (to date numbering more than 1400), which feature grids of static, coloured dots in random and seemingly infinite variations. Australian artist Alan Rose has updated Hirst’s concept, making it 3D and kinetic by adding light, movement, complex patterns and music.

A 7.9-sq-m grid of LED lights creates a canvass of coloured spots. However, as the viewer passes along the work, the spots continuously change colour and shape, moving from round to oval forms. When viewed close up, the dots have hints of diagonal light and seem to be assembled randomly, but when seen from other perspectives they appear as rows of octagonal patterns.

The piece is accompanied by minimalist music composed by Sherman Tang. The artist’s aim is to suspend the viewer between order and chaos and in doing so create a moment of prolonged contemplation.