Louis Pratt

XYZ

18 August — 26 August 2014

Lives and works in Sydney
Finalist in the 2015 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of NSW.

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Represented by nanda\hobbs

Through my sculpture I am making visible something that is in various ways largely invisible.

Louis Pratt’s mind-bending works explore a twist in reality—of the horizontal to the vertical, and vice versa; of inversion/conversion of axes x and y. He makes the point that we are at a climacteric in terms of technology and its effects on our lives, noting that we deposit vast quanta of our existence into digital domains, whether by playing computer games, by being a worker, by using social media, by studying—the list extends exponentially.

He starts by developing large data sets of real forms with 3D scanning. Then, with consummate cybernetic command-and-control fluency in his toolkit, Pratt explores the subtler powers of digital manipulation of the form via algorithms, demonstrating how the vertical and the horizontal can coalesce contemporaneously. Just as in algebra we can have multiple correct answers, so here both x (horizontal) and y (vertical) are possible correct answers.

Pratt sees the process as the quintessential contemporary take on the paradigmatic Art Imitating Life dicta. In today’s world, he contends, people’s lives are already digitised, whether they are aware of it or not. He notes: “Those data sets are manipulated by algorithms for various reasons—mostly for financial gain. Through my sculpture I am making visible something that is in various ways largely invisible.”

\ Exhibition featured works

Louis Pratt

Black Dancer

2014 \ 3D Printed in colour resin with acrylic base \ 36cm high

Louis Pratt

Faith

2013 \ Rotothane, steel, iron powder and urethane \ 35cm

Louis Pratt

Girl

2013 \ Rotothane, steel, iron powder and urethane \ 35cm high

Louis Pratt

Harlequin

2014 \ 3D Printed in colour resin with acrylic base \ 36cm high

Louis Pratt

Inspire

2013 \ Rotothane, steel, iron powder and urethane \ 35cm high

Louis Pratt

Seik

2013 \ Rotothane, steel, iron powder and urethane \ 36cm high

Louis Pratt

Sexy boy

2014 \ 3D Printed in colour resin with acrylic base \ 36cm high

Louis Pratt

Shadow Boxer

2013 \ Rotothane, steel, iron powder and urethane \ 38cm high

Louis Pratt

Simon Says

2013 \ Bronze \ 40x24.5x21cm

Louis Pratt

Tourist

2013 \ Rotothane, steel, iron powder and urethane \ 35cm high

Louis Pratt

Untitled, Vanity

2013 \ Acrylic and paper \ 42x59x28cm

Louis Pratt

Virus

2012 \ Bronze \ 61cm high

Louis Pratt

WTF!

2014 \ 3D Printed in colour resin with acrylic base \ 36cm high

Louis Pratt

What's Up

2013 \ Rotothane, steel, iron powder and urethane \ 35cm high

Louis Pratt

Whatever

2012 \ Fibreglass, steel, urethane, paint and wooden base \ 180cm high

\ Other exhibitions

Katy Woodroffe

The Well

17 July — 28 July 2017

Raymond Young

Battle Lines

26 June — 11 July 2017

The Connor Brothers

All My Life I’ve Been a Liar and That’s the Truth

14 June — 23 June 2017

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