Jason Sims | Built Space
3 – 26 August 2017
‘Built Space introduces a series of new work that responds to the presence and movement of viewers. Through the implementation of motion sensors and programmed electronics the intensity of light within the work shifts from one section to another as sensors are activated, revealing an illusionary space or altering the atmosphere within. As the work responds to the presence and movement of viewers, their visual perception is continually challenged. The subsequent communication/exchange of energy between the viewer and the work is intended to stimulate the viewer’s awareness of their presence in the space and their effect on the work.
The reference to imperial units (foot) and the use of the ‘old standard door size’ refers to my curiosity in the arbitrary and often obsolete measuring systems that shape our lives. I seek to emphasize the modern fixation on everything being measured, scaled, calculated, categorized and ultimately compared.
I use light and illusion to reference the nature of being. I like to think of my work as a collision of the physicality of our environment and perceptual limitations – challenging our perceived realities and inviting contemplation of the way we understand the world around us.’
–Jason Sims, 2017
Jason Sims graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) from the University of South Australia in 2006 and has since exhibited across Australia as well as in Hong Kong, the UK and the USA. His work is held in major public and private collections, including Artbank, one of the most significant collections of Australian art in the world, the Art Gallery of Western Australia and the Gippsland Art Gallery. In 2016 he produced a major public artwork at M Docklands Melbourne, and in 2015 he had a solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia as part of the South Australian Living Artists Festival (SALA) during which he was awarded the Advertiser’s Contemporary Art Prize ‘for the most outstanding work in any medium’ as part of the Festival.