• Artist
    Dena Ashbolt
  • Title
    Still from video Green Car on the Freeway
  • Date of Production
    2009
  • Medium
  • Dimensions
  • Credit Details
    Courtesy of the artist and Alcaston Gallery

PROJECT - Dena Ashbolt: Green Car on the Freeway


Thursday, November 22, 2012 - Sunday, December 30, 2012, 9:00 PM - 6:00 AM

Lydiard Street Projection Window
Admission: Free


Award-winning artist and freelance video director Dena Ashbolt's art practice centers on works that engage with perception. Her work investigates the relationship between observational drawing/painting and the photographic/cinematographic lens.

This video drawing shows filmed sequences shot from the passenger seat of a travelling car.  The images taken from different perspectives follow a lime green car travelling along the freeway.  The green car appears simultaneously in all lanes of the freeway at various stages of passing the camera vehicle.  The images when brought together create a complex representation of reality, time is suspended, the travelling perpetual.

Her studio practice is driven by 'concepts of perception', this work responds to both the referent and the experience of looking; of saccades, peripheral vision, point of view and the attention driven nature of perception. In the work, Green Car on the Freeway,constructed from consecutive observations, time is trapped in each video tile.  These observations are drawn together to form a distinctive moment, as in drawing with charcoal. The imagery explores the intimacy of visual incident.  It invites the viewer to occupy that mysterious place that exists between looking and being seen. 

Green car on the freeway presents the audience with a sense of place - of being there - in the space represented.  The video drawing engages with issues such as 'time' and 'point of view' as they relate to both observation and the creation of a moving image.

Ashbolt has participated in many group exhibitions and has had several solo shows in Australia and Europe.  Her work has been exhibited at the Royal Academy, London as part of their Summer Exhibition and she has been the recipient of a UK Arts Council Grant.  Locally she has undertaken a years Artist's residency in Clifton Pugh's paint studio at Dunmoochin. In 2009 she was awarded the Nillumbik Shire Art Prize for the video drawing "Wet Feet Under the Pier", and was a finalist in the 2012 Rick Amor Drawing Prize and the Paul Guest Prize.

As a freelance commercials director for over 15 years her client experience ranges from vast landscape images for Vic Tourism, to more intimate mother and new born baby moments for Johnson & Johnson.  She is known for her work with children and visual story-telling skills.