The KULES Graduate Micro Residency in 2015 is awarded to
Kyle is a mixed media artist driven by the materiality of oil paint. The majority of Kyle’s recent paintings focus predominantly on studies of human nature and cityscapes, drawing influence from lived and observed life. The paintings are built up over a number of layers using thick impasto marks verging on the sculptural, the colours lurid and unnatural often squeezed straight from the tube, bringing an urgency to the work.
Alongside documenting the topography of his hometown and it’s inhabitants, Kyle has a strong interest in what it’s like to be an artist in the digital age, information 24/7, a constant flood of mediated imagery prime for the taking, social media and the self editing age. Observing the changes in human habits as technology intrudes on our daily lives, smart-phones and our incessant need to be seen and heard via docile social networking sites.
“Anonymous” which involves stealing profile pictures from strangers, is a series of recent works which were born out of a morning of procrastination, in which the main subject has been stripped of any real identity, like the faded memory of a face in the crowd. Alongside painting Kyle is also experimenting with painting objects and sculptures, slathering them in bright hues of paint, the introduction of objects stem from a love of how oil paint adhered to his painting clothes.
My initial plans for the 7 day residency are to take the time undertake some extensive research and contextualise my practice, though initially I feel utilising the space to experiment and further develop sculptural works may seem productive, through taking the time to step back and look at my practice as a whole I may develop other areas.
The Code Breaker, 2015