Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery is pleased to present our first solo exhibition with video artist Harley Ives. His spellbinding work is concerned with the material qualities of the moving image and how they can be directed to discern a painterly quality in video. In particular, Picture with flowers (2019) presents a new perspective on the flower still life genre. Devoid of real flowers, the sculptural forms are composed of trashy clips appropriated from YouTube - the largest online platform for video sharing - and a mediated space of consumption, voyeurism, and cheap entertainment. Ives’ video works perform alchemy on this spam, transforming it into a mesmerising, aesthetically beautiful composition and making this collapse of high and low culture, and the material and immaterial, an object of contemplation.
Practicing since 2002, Harley Ives’ works have been included in various exhibitions locally and nationally. Notable group exhibitions include Caught Stealing, National Art School Gallery, Sydney (2019), New Contemporaries, SCA Galleries, Sydney (2018); Tele Visions, RMIT, Melbourne (2014); and Churchie Emerging Art Exhibition, Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane (2013). In 2019 Ives was a finalist in the Fauvette Laureiro Memorial Artists Travel Scholarship at SCA Galleries, Sydney. Ives holds a PhD in Fine Arts from Sydney College of the Arts, and currently teaches Screen Arts at Sydney College of the Arts and Digital Media at the National Art School. Ives is currently represented by Chalk Horse Gallery, Sydney.