Throughout September the city will be celebrating Brighton Digital Festival. In association with this Brighton Museum and digital culture agency Lighthouse will even be running a Digital Late transforming the galleries into an interactive storyspace for all to enjoy.
So it is only appropriate that we will be showing the work of Sussex based digital artist Conor Gorman in the Brighton Museum foyer.
In his professional commercial practice as Delaney Digital Conor creates cutting edge digital art, animation and apps for mobile and desktop platforms.
There are several framed limited edition prints of his digital artworks currently on display (for purchase enquiries contact the artist directly). Inspiration for the work Tetriscopic came from watching the BBC documentary film ‘Tetris – From Russia with Love’ while trying to create a puzzle game concept of his own. The image was created using 3D Studio Max and a 3D anaglyph plugin.
Conor has created work for everything from album cover art and to 3D animations for TV adverts- but he is mainly interested in exploring the potential of digital media to create new art forms and in nurturing the emerging public consciousness of digital art. One work with particular social and historical resonance is a highly detailed and accurate art print of The Volks Pioneer electric tram car. Painstakingly reconstructed from photos, drawings and articles of the day the digital model brings to life one man’s concept of a piece of Brighton’s psychogeography.
On 22 October, North Laine based sculptor Chris MacDonald is bringing his work to the Foyer cases. Inspired by the likes of Picasso, Magritte, Schwitters, and Cornell, Chris makes found object sculptures.
Chris has worked as an engineer, labourer, soldier, clerk, craftsman, and teacher, and his practice draws on all the skills there entailed. This long gestation has resulted in art that crosses techniques, categories and generations to produce a unique marriage of vintage technology, craftsmanship, humour, and imagination.
Chris sources his materials from shops, skips, or the street. Wherever an example of human ingenuity, created and used with care, has been cast aside and forgotten he steps in to give it a second life.
As any hoarder would attest, a need to invest the physical with memories and significance, or even to attribute human feelings to the inanimate, is hard-wired into the human psyche. This is sculpture that needs to be handled, played with, its origins, technology and construction explained. It is the antithesis of a culture that creates things to be disposable – an extension of this is that he likes to meet face to face and talk with the people who buy his work (to purchase his works contact Chris).
Kelly Boddington, Assistant Buyer