Persistence of Vision, Part One: Text
23 July 2010

Persistence of Vision – Part One

21st July – 8th August, 2010.
c3 contemporary art space
The Abbotsford Convent
1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford VIC 3067
Gallery hours: Wednesday–Sunday, 10am – 5pm.

Supported by a City of Yarra Community Arts Grant.

Persistence of Vision – Part One is a series of works on paper and canvas, examining human movement through the eye of an animator, where movement is broken down into still frames, and overlaid. The effect is frieze-like – recalling ancient Egyptian art, Futurism, but viewed through a contemporary, video-aware artists‘ eye.

The term “Persistence of Vision” is common in film and animation theory. It describes the phenomena that the human eye, though seeing a series of still frames flashing for a fraction of a second, interprets movement. Movement of this kind is trickery! Indeed, the imagery in this exhibition depicts people attempting sporting tricks – skateboarding, basketball shots. O’Carrigan collates these frames, that would otherwise form an animation, onto one layer of imagery. He sidesteps the trickery, defeats it – little wonder that his skaters fail their tricks, and basketballers miss their shots.