Always Almost but Not Quite

Brenton Alexander Smith


Exhibition opening Wednesday 07.10.20 @ 6pm
Via Facebook Live stream
Exhibition continues 08.10.20 - 24.10.20

Brenton Alexander Smith

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This installation of video sculpture aims to elicit feelings of sympathy, perhaps entangled with revulsion, to the detritus of car wrecks. The sculptural forms are made from wiring looms obtained from within car wrecks. They represent the internal workings of a car - inverted: a fragile interior spilling out.

Human figures are absent here, yet there is a peculiar sense of the anthropomorphic in both the sculptural forms and the entities that move across the screens enshrined within them. The forms on the screens were made by subverting the intended use of the driving game, By pushing the system in ways never intended, the videogame becomes a platform for creating time-based artworks where the car – its purpose and its movements – becomes something other. It is in this other space that something more-than-car emerges: entities Smith refers to as crashforms. 

The crashforms have the potential to elicit affective responses through their strange movements. Attempts to categorise a crashform often result in a collection of not-quites; their erratic behaviours evoke human or animal qualities, but these perceptions often last only a moment before the crashforms recombine into something else. 

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Image: Brenton Alexander Smith, The Soft Crash, 2020. video still.


Brenton Alexander Smith

Brenton Alexander Smith is an Australian artist whose practice focuses on the intimate relationships between humans and technology, creating works that aim to elicit an affective response: his works are unnerving, yet sentimental. In his projects, Smith works across mediums both digital and tangible, often combining both sculptural and video elements into immersive installations. One of his key concerns is addressing cultural anxieties around technology: his works reflect this by turning attention towards machinic detritus, lending it human-like qualities and expressions.

Smith received a Masters in Fine Arts in 2020 at UNSWAD and exhibits both internationally and in Sydney. His solo exhibitions include I Feel Like a Nervous Wreck (2019) in the virtual gallery of Closed on Monday Gallery and Together with Machines (2015) at the Akureyri Art Museum in Iceland. He was also exhibited in The Wrong Bienalle (2019) in Valencia, Spain and he was the recipient of the Friedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship in 2014.


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