Re-animating art for contemporary audiences

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PLAYFULLY TWISTED CONTEMPORARY ART… Arlo Mountford; Walking the Line (still), 2013, dual channel HD digital animation, 4 channel surround sound, dimensions variable, 14 mins 37 secs. Image: Supplied.
PLAYFULLY TWISTED CONTEMPORARY ART… Arlo Mountford; Walking the Line (still), 2013, dual channel HD digital animation, 4 channel surround sound, dimensions variable, 14 mins 37 secs. Image: Supplied.
PLAYFULLY TWISTED CONTEMPORARY ART… Arlo Mountford; Walking the Line (still), 2013, dual channel HD digital animation, 4 channel surround sound, dimensions variable, 14 mins 37 secs. Image: Supplied.
PLAYFULLY TWISTED CONTEMPORARY ART… Arlo Mountford; Walking the Line (still), 2013, dual channel HD digital animation, 4 channel surround sound, dimensions variable, 14 mins 37 secs. Image: Supplied.

THE first major solo exhibition for artist, Arlo Mountford is coming to Shepparton from April 18 to June 10.

Melbourne-based, English-born artist, Arlo Mountford’s exhibition ‘Deep Revolt’ at the Shepparton Art Museum (SAM), playfully probes the terms in which we engage with art and the way meaning can be twisted, through a contemporary lens.

The exhibition is the only showing of Mountford’s works in Victoria and features large-scale interactive installations with video, animation and sound, drawings and sculpture, challenging the ideas of time, history and our contemporary norms through a 14 year span of his work.

Amusing, strange and laden with art and contemporary culture references, his animated films are hand drawn with a mouse directly into a computer. He reimagines both real and created spaces from the art world, digitally reconstructing the interiors of iconic museums or retracing the brushstrokes of European masterpieces well known and loved for centuries.

This process allows him to experience art with fresh eyes and offer new readings of its ongoing meaning and relevance in contemporary society.

SAM director, Dr Rebecca Coates said, “Mountford mashes up visual culture in order to engage with and reflect on our contemporary world. Time and history are common themes. Arlo’s work is complex and contains varying dimensions of joy, humour, history and horror making it hugely engaging for a wide audience.

“The exhibition will appeal to a generation where making videos, memes and text clips for social media is now second nature to communicate and comment on the world.”