Heaven's Gonna Burn Your Eyes
'Heaven’s Gonna Burn Your Eyes' is comprised of wooden panelling, aluminium relief panels, and painted aluminium sheetmetal. It is intended to be read as a single expanded painting - a type of sci-fi inflected frieze. The intention of this artwork was to engage in the speculative generation of a connection between contemporary art and narrative fiction – particularly science fiction. Some of the detailing in the relief-work was in part inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House. Wright’s use of a repeated pattern in his Mayan-inspired ornamental detailing, has an effect not disimilar to ‘greebles’ (or ‘nurnies’) to use film industry sci-fi visual effects terminology. The Ennis House was also used as a set in Ridley Scott’s iconic science fiction film Blade Runner. This combination of the ethnological, Modernist, and science fictional spoke a language undeniable in its significance to the realisation of this artwork.
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