José Drummond, Transart MFA Student, nominated for 2016 Sovereign Asian Prize
Cyclone. (There is no place like it). Photography. 150x100cm. 2014. Ed of 3 + 2 AP
José Drummond was nominated for the second time for the prestigious Sovereign Asian Art Prize with Cyclone, Parachute and Wonder Wheel – 3 works from the series There is no place like it.
There is no place like it is named after a Walt Whitman text related to New York. The project was done in the medium of photography taking on the notorious structures of the Coney Island’s amusement park as the subject to construct an existentialist narrative.
Without the presence of human bodies the enormous dimension of Coney Island structures reveal a unique sense of isolation and displacement. Without the presence of a human scale one is immersed in a captivating disenchantment.
Coney Island, once called “the greatest show on earth”, dismisses gravity. It is, during winter, a ghostly landscape where one is faced with a unique sense of strangeness that reduces humans to its own fragility. In a way Coney Island is the apotheosis of the absurd. The first theme park of the world is today an exquisite imagined scenario, a lost playground, a non-dreamland.
Wonder Wheel. (There is no place like it). Photography. 150x100cm. 2014. Ed of 3 + 2 AP
José Drummond is an artist and curator living in Macau. He is the director of VAFA, international video art festival in Macau. He holds an MFA in Creative Practice Practice from Transart Institute in New York (USA) and University of Plymouth (UK). He exhibited in Macau, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand, Portugal, Spain, France, Germany, Hungary and USA. He works mainly with Film/Video, Photography, Installation, Performance and Objects.
José Drummond is interested in the duality between visibility and invisibility and in the space in between fantasy and reality. Love, loss, loneliness, dreams and failure are some of his most common themes in a body of work that is existentialist by nature. In his works there is a storyline, a plot, a tension, a timeline and an alternative reality. He is interested in how perception is altered by the circumstances of life in a specific moment, a moment that lies in the universal extremities of existence: life–death, past–future, ambition–failure, recovery–loss and where every effort to pinpoint reason, to finalise meaning or to characterise a possible reality, is a spiralling futile endeavour.
Parachute. (There is no place like it). Photography. 100x150cm. 2014. Ed of 3 + 2 AP