Informed by the onslaught of visual information bombarding the majority of Americans, Lull creates a space to find peace among the overwhelm. Video, installation, and sound collide to create an interior and exterior space that challenges viewers to comprehend their current reality, their perceived reality, and their created reality, at the same moment.
Using video as material, Austin focuses on everyday minutiae as a subject matter, which becomes layered and edited to create a visual collage of information. Both ambiguous and familiar, this video becomes the backdrop for an immersive installation that will utilize mirror mylar, light, and multiple channels of sound. The sound will test viewers, mixing audible cues from the projected video with an exterior cityscape, all with the underlying white noise created by nature. Warm bands of light will envelope the viewer and add to the projected video as well, further compounding visual information for the viewer to decipher within their current state of reality.
Thoughts on social media usage, interaction with technology, multiple screens and realities, as well as a desire to see beauty in the everyday sludge of information culminate in Lull.
“Lull” will premiere at Understudy on April 6, 2019, with a reception from 7:00pm – 10:00pm. A special performance by New Genres Collective will occur on April 13th from 8:00-10:00pm.
Open installation hours April 7 – April 28 7:00pm – 10:00pm Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Understudy is free-to-visit.
Drew Austin is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Denver, CO. He was raised in Montana and is a recent graduate of Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, in Lakewood, CO.
Austin’s work uses an interdisciplinary method of creation to explore the things that we often can not see or understand. He uses abstraction as a means to create visual representations of the cosmos, quantum events, and biological forms as he understands them in relation to the rest of the universe.
Portrayed primarily through painting, sculpture, and light-based installation, Austin’s work functions as a conduit for understanding and comprehension of everyday things both large and small in a human dominated world.
Understudy is located at the Colorado Convention Center / Theatre District light rail stop near 14th and Stout. Look for the B-Cycle station next to the light rail tracks or Shantell Martin’s art bench.