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Daniel O'Toole

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Daniel O'Toole

Born: 1984

Hometown: Sydney

Based in: Melbourne

 

Multimedia Artist / Melbourne, Australia.

Negotiating the cross over between video and painting.

Inspired by the 'Light and space' movement of the 1960s (Los Angeles) the work is positioned in the post-digital context of contemporary Australia. My work embraces the imperfections and low-resolution modes of recording as an aesthetic decision. I make videos of natural phenomena to use as a reference for paintings. These time based works are a conflation of analogue and digital processes.

The video works combined with soundscapes offer a dialogue between sight and sound, to express a personal interpretation of how they can relate to one another. The video component is created with the painting outcome in mind. The result is a kinetic painting intended to be paused at various intervals and consequently mined for imagery.

Paintings are framed behind a semi-transparent screen, to alter perception and re-animate the static image. Questioning the ubiquity of the digital screen, the work emphasises 'seeing' as an active engagement rather than a passive receiving.

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Harmonic resonance 3

Daniel O'Toole, Australia

Painting

US$ 450

Harmonic resonance 2

Daniel O'Toole, Australia

Painting

US$ 450

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About Daniel O'Toole


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What inspires you?

I am drawn to immersive works that explore the relationship between sight and sound, video works that examine synaesthesia and natural phenomena, large scale paintings that feel all consuming yet subtle. Films, books, music, poetry, nature, art, dance, light, colour, smells, tastes, life.


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Describe your creative process.

I work with a range of media to understand what personal truth is written in code regardless of the materials being employed. The relationship between painting and video has become and area of interest and I enjoy using film as a method for image creation. Video works are the source material for paintings which are often framed behind a frosted screen.


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What are 3 words that best describe your work?

Warm, surreal, musical.


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Who are some artists that have influenced your work?

Im inspired by artists like James Turrell, Anish Kapoor, Richard Diebenkorn, Rothko, Sonia Delaunay and Carlos Cruz Diez to name a few.


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What is the most important tool when creating your work?

My computer.


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What is the best piece of advice you have been given?

Try to go to the studio even when you don't feeling like making anything, the time sitting with the work and thinking is just as important.


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Where do you go for inspiration?

Overseas

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