Grant Stevens is known for his reflection on the ways in which language conveys and structures our personal insights and interpersonal relationships. With a particular focus on screen culture and editing – and, more recently, the effects of social networks and other communication technologies – Stevens draws attention to the difficulty of finding a space for self-reflection and authentic interpersonal exchanges. Stevens explains:
. . . by creating overtly fabricated sensations of inspiration and awe, Tranquility Falls seeks new understandings of today’s sources of contemplation, wonderment and guidance. It openly questions whether in a contemporary context – less connected with the natural environment and the traditions of organised religions – we are becoming increasingly reliant on the representational tropes of popular culture for moments of insight and reflection.
Tranquility Falls is on view in ‘GOMA Q: Contemporary Queensland Art’ currently at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) until 11 October. The accompanying publication profiles the latest innovations and achievements by some of Queensland’s leading visual artists.