Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Motion Artist: Brendan Fernandes

Brendan Fernandes uses cropping and blurred lines (in contrast to those focussed) to illustrate motion in this work. The installation in the picture is inspired by the "Habitat" housing construction by Safdie. However, Fernandes' work is not just about housing people. His use of tools for depicting motion enhance the work so that it is now about the modern structure--the structure that is constantly changing to fit the needs of the population. The people are non-descript (the structure can be for anyone), but he construction is focussed. It seems to be on a pedestal and light beams from it. Despite the stillness of this part of the piece, the change from focus to blur, from dark to light, the angle of perspective pointing toward the sky, and the emphasis on the diagonal causes the scene to appear dynamic. Thus, the composition seems to be about the power of modern technology. 

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