PROJECT - Dena Ashbolt: Green Car on the Freeway
Thursday, November 22, 2012 -
Sunday, December 30, 2012,
9:00 PM -
Lydiard Street Projection Window
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
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.
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