Artist Talk 2PM
Inspired by the fluid and flawed process of our deteriorating memories, Robert Maloney’s Building Memories installation utilizes digital projection of anonymous portraits that are superimposed onto architecturally inspired structures made of topographic maps and thin strips of wood. The portraits ameliorate and deteriorate through a series of time lapse animations, as the imagery is projected onto the structures, they dissolve and reform at different stages of recognition.
The skeletal structures fragment the imagery into a field of cubist-like architectural shadows. We struggle to make out the features embedded in the structures in the same way that we excavate the memories of the individuals and dwellings of our past. A soundtrack of ambient and rhythmic sounds accompany the video footage to create a fully immersive experience for the viewer.
Robert Maloney is an Assistant Professor at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. His recent work focuses on the connections between the temporary materials of our man-made, urban structures and how these fragile forms relate to the erosion of memory. His work has been featured in Creative Quarterly Magazine, Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine, The Pulse of Mixed Media (North Light Books), Art Revolution (North Light Books) and Artscope Magazine and his work is held in the collection of Wellington Management, Liberty Mutual and private collections.