Hear my train 'a comin' new work by Brit Bunkley opens at Mary Newton Gallery on
11 September. It features a new series of digital 3-D prints, moving image works and 3-D
objects. The work develops his themes of paranoia and whimsy in the New Zealand
Originally motivated by the need to accurately visualize proposals for public art
commissions in the early 90's, Brit Bunkley began using digital media. Now he uses it
in all it's many forms ranging from video installation to photographic prints. Hear my
train a' comin' includes digital 3-D prints - computer generated sculptures,
fabricated from 3D Studio Max files - duplicates of the same files rendered as videos and
two dimensional photographic prints.
The exhibition's 2-D prints resemble carefully rendered ink drawings or etchings. The
images are of animals (domestic, predators and pests) created as virtual "wire
frame" objects. Some have strange "growths" and tattoo inspired incisions;
others have oblique words borrowed from rock lyrics digitally "cut" into their
Bunkley's work replicates dreamscapes featuring architecture and animals as tropes of
angst, denial and hope. The content is often darkly whimsical and satirical, as well as
obliquely social-political, psychological and environmental.
Hear my train a' comin' opens on 12 September and runs until 29 September 2007.