Neal Christopher

Neal Christopher
Christopher Neal

What is human and what is machine? As contemporary life becomes increasingly digital and mechanised, is there still a distinction between the two? My practice revolves around these questions, exploring humans behaving like machines and machines behaving like humans. Through performing tasks over and over again, I disengage my brain and fall into the machine-like monotony of repetition. Influenced by the kinetic sculpture of Jean Tinguely, my mechanical work questions the nature of authorship through collaborative drawings involving viewers and machines. This collaboration is important in redefining the relationship between artist and viewer, as the more people involved in the creation of an artwork, the more the artist becomes a metaphorical cog in a machine. My practice is therefore a collaborative dialogue with the viewer, as the authorship of each work is shared between artist, viewer and machine.

More recently, my practice has come to involve expanding the discipline of painting, working with ultraviolet-sensitive paint to create psychedelic paintings and environments, exploring the nature of camp and the aesthetic of nightclubs. This is developing into a more performative role, involving viewers in bringing the nightclub experience into the art world.

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Image 1: Drawing Machine Documentation, photograph of documented
performance with marker pen on paper, 21 x 28 cm (2016)

Image 2: Excommunic@tion, found objects, salt, cardboard, glue,
marker pen and spray paint, approx 3m x 4m (2017)

Image 3: Drawing Machine Performance Documentation, photograph of
documented performance with marker pen on paper, 21 x 28 cm (2016)

Image 4: Probability Drawing Concept, digitally manipulated image,
21 x 28 cm (2016)

Image 5: Wonderful Wonderful Orchestra, found objects, guitar
strings, violin strings, cello strings, fishing wire and spray paint
(2017)

Image 6: Circular Form Mobile, found objects and fishing wire, 100 m
approx (2017)

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