on view
August 29 - October 27, 2019

BUilding memory

An installation by Robert Maloney

BUILDING MEMORY is an installation that is influenced by the fluid and flawed process of our deteriorating memories. The installation utilizes architecturally inspired structures and multiple projections of animated textures and portraits. As the imagery is superimposed onto the structures they deteriorate and ameliorate at different stages of recognition. The projected imagery is a combination of animated hand drawn portraits that are layered together with a series of digital and analog textures. A soundtrack of ambient and rhythmic sounds accompany the video footage to create a fully immersive experience for the viewer.

"When I see layers of scaffolding in the landscape, it becomes a visual filter that symbolizes something that is in the process of a transition. They could be a signifier of a structure that is being built or one that is being dismantled. In my multilayered constructions I utilize this vocabulary of the urban landscape as a framework for fragmented thoughts and ideas to be suspended onto. 

Through my research on the subject of memory I have learned that some people who struggle with memory input have a deficiency in the blood flow to the receptors in their brains, resulting in an inability to have control of their “working memory”. This domino effect of deterioration is at the heart of my artistic practice. 

I am not interested in trying to recreate my own memories for the viewer, but to create a fragmented, sensory experience so that the viewer can observe the dichotomy of presence and absence, and the various spaces in-between."

Robert Maloney, a Massachusetts native, completed his Masters of Fine Arts in August of 2014 from Massachusetts College of Art and Design through their interdisciplinary MFA program. He also earned a BFA from MassArt in 1996 through the Illustration department. Robert has shown at numerous galleries throughout the Boston area including the Mercury Gallery, C Duell Arts, Copley Society of Art (CoSo), Kingston Gallery, Lincoln Arts Project, Fourth Wall Project, 13 Forest, and McGladrey Gallery.

Read about BUILDING MEMORY here, courtesy John Seven at the Berkshire Eagle.