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Just beneath the surface II

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Jonathan Haydock

, 2016, digital C-type, 165 x 110 cm.

These images, gathered outdoors among the hedgerows at night with the use of a flatbed scanner, are multi-layered fictions. The surface of the leaves, the surface of the scanner which makes contact with the surface of the leaves, and which in turn becomes the surface of the print. The images' digital disruption, and the gloss black surface of the print, exaggerates and reflects the space beyond in all directions. That is, the deep dark space within the image, and the physical space the print is in. But the image we see exists nowhere; it floats between all known realties and is submerged within itself.

Before we die

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Jonathan Haydock

, 2015, video, no sound, 150 mins.

Before We Die has been made by overlaying more than 100 movies taken from a "movies to watch before you die" list from the internet. The result: a memorising overloaded visualisation of existence pushed to its abstraction, reminiscent of the blurry realisation of trying to recall every memory of a life at once.

Landscape Burnout

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Jonathan Haydock

, 2015, video, no sound, 90 mins.

Jonathan Haydock

web: www.jonathanhaydock.com
instagram: jmshaydock

Artist's statement

My art practice largely comprises works in video, photography and print-based media. It is informed by the phenomenon of looking, and how from looking, we make sense of the dizzying multiplicity of things we continuously see, learn and experience. How do we construct and understand a sense of the self, and of our collective existence, amid the blur of visual stimuli we are bombarded with on a daily basis? My projects tackle this question, using recognizable subjects such as natural landscapes, memory, the Internet, physical technological devices such as computers, modern art, cinema, and music, as starting points.