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Process diary

Joe Denyer-Simmons

Bathurst High School

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Street dreams
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Artist’s statement

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

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Collection connections

Performance and street culture are strong influences on Shaun Gladwell’s art practice. Research Gladwell’s body of work, especially Woolloomooloo (night), and develop a case study based on the artist’s approach to his contemporary world.

Joe Denyer-Simmons is also tracing contemporary street culture in this work. How does he include his unique personality and combine it with a very public concept?