John Neeson: "The Urban Bodegón"

AC Institute
Oct 1, 2014 9:57PM

October 16 – November 8, 2014

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 16, 6-8pm

John Neeson’s practice involves site-specific installations of mimetic works. His installations stem from an examination of the still lifegenre, which prompted Neeson to arrange and document still lifesfound in window ledges and blind niches in the streets of Melbourne.

In an attitude related to the dérive and the flȃneur, the artist records found Still Lifes on his smart phone. While these occur outside the traditional exhibition environments, they conform to the conventions of display and social commentary inherent in traditional still lifes. By introducing these images into its canon, Neeson addresses the role of authorship and intent in contemporary art.


John R. Neeson lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. Neeson received PhD from Monash University (Melbourne) and completed his post-graduate studies at The Royal College of Art (London). His site- specific installations have been exhibited at venues such as Arthouse and Gas Works (London), Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris), ARCO (Lisbon) and AC Institute (New York). Neeson is the recipient of the American Australian Association Dame Joan Sutherland Fund and the Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship.

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