A Party Disguised as Work or Work Disguised as a Party 2012, (Photo Jeffrey Mohr)
David M Thomas, A Party Disguised as Work or Work Disguised as a Party 2012, (Photo Jeffrey Mohr)
A Party Disguised as Work or Work Disguised as a Party (photo Jeffrey Mohr)
David M. Thomas,  A Party Disguised as Work or Work Disguised as a Party (photo Jeffrey Mohr)

Expanded Portraits

The Expanded Portrait (EP) project is an ongoing series of works that incorporate theoretical and visual strategies drawn from my investigation into humour and alienation of the self. These multi-media works deal with how an artwork or exhibition can address the way subjectivities are formed, considered, projected and reformed as a continuous and purposeful process.  They also address how processes discussed in the theories of humour and subjectivity can be utilised to form discursive engagements with art audiences. Central to these works are the themes of subjectivity, self-consciousness and the construction and maintenance of individual personalities. These complex works function as zones for the projected idea of the viewer’s own subjectivity. They also address the challenges and opportunities for subjectivity present in spaces like an artist’s studio, an art gallery or museum. Key for my Expanded Portrait projects are collaborative processes that are practically and conceptually discursive. They are intended to directly engage an audience through the demonstration and portrayal of inter-subjective situations, such as biographical narratives, group meetings and one on one interviews

 

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