Originally motivated by the need to accurately visualize potential public art commissions in the early 90’s; I now utilize digital media in many forms ranging from video installation to photographic prints.
One chief component of my work since the late nineties include sculptures made in part from digital 3D prints. These digitally produced “prints” are computer generated sculptures, fabricated from 3D Studio Max files - duplicates of the same files as rendered in videos and 2d photographic prints. For example, in one recent Lambda print, a photorealistic dairy cow stands inconspicuously in a paddock/field while a train travels under its skin. A 3D “LOM” (layer object manufactured) model made from laser cut paper of the same virtual cow stands nearby on a plinth. In an update of Kosuth’s play on the ontological properties of an object (manifest in his artwork ‘One and Three Chairs”); a video with the same cow as in the sculpture moves in real time (while in a different context) adjacent to the stationary 2D print and sculpture of the same virtual object.
My current work also includes several 2D prints that resemble carefully rendered ink drawings or etchings. The images in this new series are of animals (domestic, predators and pests) created as virtual “wire frame” objects. Some have strange “growths” and tattoo inspired incisions; others have oblique words borrowed from rock lyrics digitally “cut” into their bodies.
In recent years my artworks replicate dreamscapes featuring architecture and animals as tropes of angst, denial and hope. The content is often darkly whimsical and satirical; as well as obliquely social-political, psychological and environmental.
Artist Bio / CV
Brit Bunkley is a New Zealand-based artist whose current art practice includes public art, sculpture, installation, and the creation of “impossible” moving and still images and architecture designed using computer 3D modelling, video and image editing programs, with content emphasising an oblique sense of apocalyptic anxiety tempered with whimsy and irony.
Brit is represented in numerous international collections and has completed a dozen permanent and temporary public art projects. In addition, he has received several grants and fellowships including a Wallace Trust grant in NZ; and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and the Rome Prize Fellowship in the USA.
Recent international group exhibitions include Sanctioned Array-Other2 Specify at the White Box gallery in NYC, Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid at the Centre Pompidou and at the Reina Sofia National Museum, Madrid, Spain; The Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; FILE 2012 at the SESI' Cultural Centre Sao Paulo, Brazil, and the Moscow Museum of Modern Art where he won third prize for his video Paradox of Plenty. Recently he exhibited at Sanderson Contemporary Art, Auckland, NZ in the exhibitions Nomophobia, Creep, and Lazy Last Sunday; Something In the Water at the Sarjeant Gallery and he screened video through CologneOff 8 at META House Phnom Penh; Budapest International Shortfilm Festival, Hungry and ExTeresa Arte Actua,Mexico City, Mexico. He currently has a public screening of his video at the Oslo Central Station, Oslo Screen Festival in collaboration with Kunsthall Oslo, Oslo, Norway. Bunkley’s most recent solo exhibitions were at the Suite Gallery Wellington, NZ June 2012 and at the Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre in Auckland January- March 2013 and Sanderson Contemporary Arts in Auckland.
Bunkley has completed a dozen temporary and permanent public art projects. Most recently Bunkley completed the commission Hear My Train in Wanganui, New Zealand April 2012.