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Baby with Skull 2011
Sometimes just seeing what will happen is worthwhile. Such an example is this still from some film that I took of my daughter when I gave her a skull to play with (!)
The Living End (installation view) 2006 looped DVD. Sound by Tim Brickell
The work derives from memento mori and vanitas images from the northern European renaissance – specifically The Sleeping Putto with Death’s Head.

Brain & Body Energy 2007 6:02 minutes

Our expectations are confounded – both by an unseen force that acts upon the vessel and the unknown steadying influence.

The film is projected so that the bottle is at human scale.

Know Thyself 2005

This film focuses on a gilded skull crowned with laurel leaves. From winter, through spring and summer, sparrows can be seen coming and going.

The birds are our soul, our thoughts, our flights of fancy. They are like messengers between man and the cosmos.

Several Billion Years 2004 Still from DVD 26:02 minutes. Sound by Tim Brickell

This work presents the birth and death of a star.

Tiny bubbles fizz and froth until they coalesce into a solid mass

If a whole world can be created out of one man’s ego, then perhaps one man’s life can be seen as indicative of the whole world. Indeed, could the whole be described in something as mundane as one man’s hangover?

Several Billion Years is a video work by Russell Webb that represents the birth and death of a star, showing the  coalescing of tiny bubbles, which froth and fizz with increasing violence before spluttering to a halt when they solidify in one mass. The film is actually arecording of a dissolving vitamin tablet shown in reverse so that it seems to attracct rather than effervesce bubbles of gas. It is a neat conflation of the 60’s cry of “the personal is political” and an older form of pantheism dating back to at least Spinoza. When you are looking for what is important in life, you could do worsethan start with a handy cure for a night of drunken excess.                                                                                                                                                        Pryle Behrman