Personal Avatar by John Nicholson at Sophie Gannon Gallery
28 March - 14 April 2018 - Opening night
Personal Avatars features works that are experiential, calling for viewer presence and participation. Standing before a mirror fabricated from multiple layers of coloured screens, the viewer scans for their reflection on the other side, with each work incomplete until the viewer places themselves within it. The presence of the viewer activates the work and vice versa. Negotiating the personal avatars is personal and unique. Four layers of reflective material referencing the colour separation process, CMYK, and digital technologies, give the transferred image a depth implying a real space. In the gallery, the viewer’s reflection takes on a kind of backlit, televisual code, a distorted version of the body while it moves through time and space. Every move and interaction with light is recorded. The viewer must decode and rebuild images constantly. Just as an image has been processed, it disappears with a flash of light like a TV powering off.