Resource Grant Stevens

Grant Stevens
Are You Upset With Me?

2011

  • ISBN
    978-1-875792-73-3
  • Pages
    96
  • Price
    $20.00

Grant Stevens is ambivalent. The young Brisbane-based artist made his name with a series of computer-generated animated-text videos that explore cliches but seem undecided as to whether they are trivial and vacuous, profound and authentic, or somehow both at once. Stevens plunders mass-media sources (the familiar image repertoire dished up by Hollywood, television, pop music, and the internet) as readymade content. He explores this everyday language, sometimes for its ambiguity, but more often for its almost uncanny lucidity. Resembling meditation and relaxation guides, his recent videos beg the question: what made us so anxious?

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