A map is a human artefact that has defined the boundaries of identities that are both physical and cultural. Progressing from the old Eurocentric drawings to user-generated digital entities, the inadequacy of maps sparks our wonder at the never-ending politics of human space.
In Where I Am Not (2018) right after the journey, the artist exhibits four frames of destined antipodes embossed onto the white photography alongside a logbook marked with pencils. The fragility of the evidence and the absence of imagery leaves the viewer with only a story to imagine. What does distance taste like; does time thicken as the trip goes on; what does solitude smell like on the borderless horizon? Parting from the Portuguese coast, the artist was at the beginning of a journey where he developed a new relationship between distance and time. In Doyle’s piece The Other Island (2017) where Australian animals wallabies were sighted inhabiting a British landscape, the artist brought out commonly untold colonial and migration histories through the lens of the ’innocent’ biophysical environment.
Doyle’s practice employs film and documentary strategies within a research-as-practice methodology, to analyse places and their changing nature. He works with anachronistic shooting instruments and engage a calculated ambiguity of location. The Solo exhibition From One Point Out, will include a three part work led by the artist’s fascination with cartography which examines the invisible sense of limitations and conquest.
Alasdair Asmussen Doyle (b.1988)
Graduating from the RCA in 2018, Doyle is a winner of the 2015 Tasmanian Portraiture Prize, recipient of Australia Council, Art Tasmania, Tasmanian Regional Arts, Creative Partnerships Australia and Hobart City grants, and has undertaken residencies at La Cite des Arts in Paris and Popp’s Packing in Detroit. From 2019 he will work within the Phd program at Belfast School of Art and aemi Dublin, funded by the Northern Bridge Consortium.