Words by Alma Kuschel
We had a chat with Brent Harrison, a local visual artist who graduated from Curtin University in 2016, with a Bachelor of Fine Art with honors, and has participated in a few group and solo exhibitions throughout his career. We see his work being exhibited and his shows in lots of places around the Perth and Fremantle but we want to know more!
Alma: What kind of art do you make & what are your pieces like?
Brent: I guess I make many different things; I try to double on everything I guess. A lot of my work lately has been sculptural/collage and as semblance.
A: What mediums/materials do you use?
BH: lately I’ve been using a lot of images found in magazines or taking my own photos and stuff like that.
A: Where does your inspiration come from?
BH: My inspiration comes from things that I see around me, I guess a lot of my projects have been experiences, of me feeling uncomfortable or feeling that I don’t fit in or belong anywhere and I respond to that making work that is humorous and doing stuff that people might laugh at.
A: Do you think your work could be quite confronting because of that?
BH: I wouldn’t say my work is confronting, perhaps depends on the kind of person you are it might be a bit confronting but I don’t intend to make confronting work.
A: how is your creative process like?
BH: I guess first I do a little research into the ideas it’s going to be about and what I want the work to look like and a lot of the time it changes but I guess after I’ve done a lot of theoretical and visual research I just get the materials that I need to make it and then I just put everything together.
A: Have you been involved in any shows (solo or group)? If so which ones /when?
BH: My first proper duo show was last year with Shannon McCulloch at Gallery central inNorth Metropolitan TAFE sowe had a show that was all about how pop culture figures of Australian masculinity, so like Ned Kelly and Ben Cousins, they engage how they function today and they are for like 21st century Australian masculinity and hyper masculinity, so we did that show and we tried to approach the myths that those figures portrayed Australian culture and I also had my first show last monthat Hive Art space in Subiaco so that was all about Kylie Minogue and how she functions with queer culture and how gay icons act as a way of transgression as transgress hetero boundaries I guess.
A: What’s your favourite colour?
BH: Blue, like a navy blue.
A: Who are your favourite local artists and how did you discover their work?
BH: I’m going to say that I don’t have a particular favourite, but I discover their work by Instagram or mutual friends or university.
A: Yeah Instagram has become a very relevant platform for local artists, where do you share your work online? Do you use social media or a website?
BH: I don’t have a website yet, but if I do share my work I usually do it on Instagram.
A: what have you been working on lately?
BH: I had this show at local arts space about the whole western Australian car culture, but I tried to make the work humours and funny by comparing it to Hot Wheels cars (kids toy cars) so the whole show is a play on about the sizes of the cars and the perception that dangerous driving is childish to a certain degree. And then I have a residency work at another project space in Bassendean for that project of that residency I want to look at gay beads, and golden gay times and stuff like that.