John Henry Newton

Rob Chavasse @ Desktop Residency, Aug 18 – Sep 7

18 August 2014

Desktop Residency welcomes artist Rob Chavasse, whose digital wallpaper will be available for download from August 18 to September 7.

Chavasse comes as the 29th featured artist of the ongoing curatorial collaboration created by artist John Henry Newton and curator Barnie Page, following in the footsteps of emerging artists like Simon Whybray, Michael Manning, Josh Whitaker, and Gabriele Beveridge.

Using simple technological innovations to intervene in physical spaces and objects, Chavasse’s work alters perceptions of space and plays with underlying questions of phenomenology, transfiguring the physical in ways that make us questions physicality in and of itself.

In a recent exhibition at titled The Centre of the Earth is Molten History at Rod Barton, for example, Chavasse transformed the gallery space into a “post-rendered reality” using Computational Fluid Dynamics software that depicts the effects of wind erosion on a renowned sculpture over extended periods of time.

His wallpaper for Desktop Residency, though entirely digital, performs a similar function, marrying photography with digital manipulation to create works that question the boundaries of our perception and reality.

See the Desktop Residency website to download Chavesse’s wallpaper. **

Rob Chavasse, The Center of the Earth is Molten History. Installation view courtesy Rod Barton gallery.
‘Sand in the Desk Drive’ (2014) from The Center of the Earth is Molten History. Installation view courtesy Rod Barton gallery.


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Gabriele Beveridge @ Desktop Residency, Mar 4 – 23

5 March 2014

The work of Gabriele Beveridge is currently online at Desktop Residency, running March 4 to 23.

As part of a curatorial collaboration between artist John Henry Newton and curator Barnie Page (of the yet to be fully-realised David Fear and now-defunct nomadic project B.C.) the site presents an artist’s rendering of a wallpaper for desktop, iPhone and iPad, free to download from the Desktop Residency site.

Previous contributors include Harry Meadley, Brenna Murphy and Paul Kneale, as well as Cory Arcangel earlier this year.

Read a review of Gabriele Beveridge at Fresh Trauma and see the Desktop Residency to download. **

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