Brett Doran (°1972, Maroubra, Australia) is an artist who works in a variety of media. By emphasising aesthetics, Doran makes work that generates diverse meanings. Associations and meanings collide. Space becomes time and language becomes the image.
His artworks sometimes radiate cold and latent violence. At times, disconcerting beauty emerges. The inherent visual seductiveness, along with the conciseness of the exhibitions, further complicates the reception of their manifold layers of meaning. By taking daily life as subject matter while commenting on the everyday aesthetic of middle-class values, he often creates work using creative game tactics, but these are never permissive. Play is a serious matter: during the game, different rules apply than in everyday life and even everyday objects undergo transubstantiation.
His works question the conditions of appearance of an image in the context of a contemporary visual culture in which images, representations, and ideas normally function. By studying sign processes, signification and communication, he seduces the viewer into a world of ongoing equilibrium and the interval that articulates the stream of daily events. Moments are depicted that only exist to punctuate the human drama in order to clarify our existence and to find poetic meaning in everyday life.
His works are characterised by the use of everyday objects in an atmosphere of middle-class mentality in which recognition plays an important role. Brett Doran currently lives and works in Sydney.