New Exhibition at Alan Avery Atlanta
Second Chance, Art Work by Bryce Hammond
Opening September 18th / 7 to 10
Bryce Hammond Visual Artist
My work documents evidence of human interactions in man-made environments through first-hand observation. This data is compiled to pollinate and present diverse techniques of expression including participatory installation, voyeuristic sound and documentation through paintings and other art objects.
Second Chance at Alan Avery Atlanta
I have been making artwork on a professional level for 26 years. I have been represented by several galleries. My work in Atlanta has been represented by Alan Avery for 23 years.
I have been a Middle School, High School and College Art Professor for the past 12 years. In 2013, I brought my MFA thesis Installation/Exhibition, Transient Motel, to Alan Avery. Since then, I have continued teaching and now I am the K-12 Visual Art Curriculum Specialist for a County in Florida.
The foundation of Second Chance is a body of work entitled, “Beautiful and Broken.” These artworks are based on collaborations with students over the past 7 years. The artworks include teacher calendars, student hall passes and architectural subject matter. The collaboration and content were primed for the next show in Atlanta. Then, everything shut down. My teachers and students were at home, and the collaboration grinded to a halt.
This is where the show took a U turn. This is where the content and context had to be rediscovered. This is when “Beautiful and Broken” had to be re-imagined, re-purposed and re-built as “Second Chance”.
I went back to unfinished work and repurposed, recycled and re-imagined the outcomes. I went back to unfinished multi-media projects and finished them. I went to the restaurants that I had recently designed, which closed due to COVID, and I pulled all of the work to show in a re-contextualized setting. Everything in this show, including myself, aim to explore a SECOND CHANCE.
Transient Motel Installation
Upgrade Appropriation: a process of appropriating ready-made objects and replacing them with upgraded items. The appropriated items are presented as art objects that have witnessed human interaction from their previous locations.
Transient Motel is an exhibition that investigates the interactions of people and physical environments in low-income areas of Daytona Beach, Florida. The purpose of the exhibition is to raise social awareness of low-income communities among the public through visual art.
Interactions between motel guests were documented as first-hand sound recordings of conversations, interviews and other activities. These recordings are projected through speakers within a constructed life-sized replica of the motel rooms in which they were recorded. Found and appropriated furniture and fixtures from the actual rooms are arranged within the replica as objects of art to familiarize the public with conditions of poverty.
During my exhibition, the public is encouraged to participate by entering and exploring the replica of the motel room. The participant experiences authentic objects, sounds and smells of Daytona Beach motel rooms that have been inhabited by victims of transient poverty.
Progeny: An International Collaboration
Bryce Hammond and
Luke Aaron Clark
Construction and Design
The installation is designed whereby every unit is constructed using 4’X8’ frames including the walls and flooring. Acoustic tiling commonly used in human-interactive work spaces envelops the wall surfaces. Alongside their sound depleting properties, the white tiles are symbolic of our everyday work environment. The walls create 9 narrow corridors 24’ in length. The narrow width of each corridor compels close public interaction.
The space above the walls is designed without a joining ceiling which creates balance, perspective and rhythm. Light and time providebecome a factor in the aesthetic of the open air design
The installation’s sound design was the result of extensive research on how sound interacts with different materials, and how everyday environments, particularly man-made environments, have their own acoustic characteristics based on the surrounding materials (i.e. wood, metal) and influenced by the reverberation of our architectural surroundings. Research extended to thinking about how this sonic landscape we preside in, influences our behaviour, how we interact with our environment and the people that live within it.
Contact Bryce Hammond
You can reach me here through the site or click the link to Alan Avery Art Company