Stephen Hendee’s creative output, which spans the past two decades, has mirrored the ascent of digital culture, speculative fiction and ephemeral architecture through installations and sculpture. The aesthetics of science-fiction culture constructs alternative realities for viewers to walk into, erasing the boundaries between the everyday and the possibility to question the future of human progress is referenced. As virtual experiences become commonplace in today’s culture, his work has shifted from spontaneity to new media workflows which incorporate digital tools. This choice of craft generates artefacts reflective of our times and representative of the media that is reformatting society.
Longlisted in the 2015 Aesthetica Art Prize, and featured in the 2015 anthology, The Last People analyses form building, which is influenced by digital methodologies and makes use of ordinary materials. The objects in this piece suggest elaborate crystalline structures or mechanical devices in various states of transformation or decay. Hendee was one of 100 artists selected for the award, and appeared in the Video, Installation and Performance category.
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1. Stephen Hendee, The Last People, 2013. Courtesy of the artist.