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Joe Denyer-Simmons Street dreams

Work by Joe Denyer-Simmons
Work by Joe Denyer-Simmons

My work captures the fleeting innocence of youth, the joy and the melancholy of being absorbed in something you love, and the connections between people, places and performance spaces. The layering of textures, rhythmic movements, muted colours, streetlighting and Gary Jules singing his version of ‘Mad world’ creates a sense of poignancy. The dreamlike images depict the enthusiasm of those who practise and perform, but might never achieve fame, acclaim or even acknowledgement. This seems particularly relevant to young people in country towns. Installing the vignettes in ‘worn-out places’ used by young people makes my work accessible to this audience.

Influencing artists: Shaun Gladwell, Jeffrey Smart, Craig Walsh, Gregory Crewdson

School

Bathurst High School

ARTEXPRESS year

2012

HSC year

2011

Process diary

Work by Joe Denyer-Simmons
Work by Joe Denyer-Simmons
Work by Joe Denyer-Simmons
Work by Joe Denyer-Simmons
Work by Joe Denyer-Simmons
Work by Joe Denyer-Simmons
Work by Joe Denyer-Simmons
Work by Joe Denyer-Simmons
Work by Joe Denyer-Simmons
Work by Joe Denyer-Simmons