Sera Jensen and Brendan Lee
May 3- May 20, 2001
From Below is the second collaborative work by Christchurch artists
Sera Jensen and Brendan Lee. This collaboration is intended as an
ongoing practice. The very nature of collaboration is important
in both these works, as the artists explore the process of working
beyond an individual practice into what they have described as "a
conversation, a dialogue rather than...the mythologised secret introspection
of the individual artist". In their shared works aspects of
their own practices can be discerned, reconfigured and recontextualized
by the processs of sharing and exchanging ideas.
The installation is an exploration of perception, time, and contemplation.
Within this is an attempt to re-discover the value of closely observing
direct experience. Hearth (Canvass, 2000, Christchurch) marked the
beginning of this process and reflected the artists shared interest
in the use of time-based media (sound and video) in combination
with installed objects. Their current work From Below seeks to develop
this experimental approach within the constraints of the gallery.
Reviews & Essays
Fresh - A series profiling
Contemporary New Zealand Practitioners
Essay by Lee Devenish
in The Physics Room Annual
The Press, 2001 May 16, p. 36
From Below: an installation by Brendan Lee and Sera Jensen; Take
Out by Julaine Stevenson.