Chris Denaro, <i>Nocturne #8</i>, 2014, animature armature: wood, metal ball and socket joints. Chris Denaro, <i>Nocturne #39</i> (still), 2014, projection, looping HD video. Chris Denaro, <i>Nocturne #26</i> and <i>Nocturne #49</i>, looping HD video and animation armature: wood, metal ball and socket joints. Chris Denaro, <i>Nocturne #49</i>, 2014, animation armature: wood, metal ball and socket joints. Chris Denaro, <i>Nocturne #2</i>, 2014, animation armature: wood, metal ball and socket joints. Chris Denaro, <i>Nocturne #42</i>, 2014, animation armature: wood, metal ball and socket joints. Chris Denaro, <i>Nocturne #5</i> (still), 2014, projection, looping HD video.

Nocturne
Chris Denaro
18th - 21st February

Chris Denaro is a Brisbane-based animator whose work incorporates a blend of physical stop motion and digital motion graphics. This exhibition, Nocturne, uses animation to embody the genius loci of the former Peel Island Lazaret on the island of Teerk Roo Ra in Moreton Bay, Queensland.

This project developed a form of animation that harnesses animation’s plasmatic quality to express an in-between state of being, and examines the capacity of animation to push and pull at the boundary lines between what can be apprehended as the ‘real’ and the ‘imaginary’.

The Nocturne constructions cycle forever, with no beginning and no end, only a slightly familiar hypnotic rhythm to describe a continual process of adaptation and renewal. These artworks consider the animation loop as a mental state, rather than a sequence of events which illustrate a narrative. The loop can also be an anxious, compulsive place, divorced from the linear nature of reality, hypnotised in a trance like repetition.

Nocturne investigates how conceptions of place are overlaid by aspects of history, memory and the imagination.