Stephen Haley is a Melbourne-based painter, digital media artist and writer. Using various media, including 3D modelling software, his work investigates actual and virtual space while building on his PhD thesis that considered the mirror as the defining metaphor and mechanism underpinning contemporary Western space and culture. He is currently the Graduate Research Coordinator (MFA) at the VCA School of Art.
Haley has exhibited widely in Australia and internationally for the past 18 years including exhibitions in Europe and the US. He exhibits with Lumas Gallery in Berlin, Paris, New York, Zurich and London.
Haley has won prestigious art awards and residencies including an Australia Council studio residency in Los Angeles (2006), an Australia Council New Work Grant (2009) and an Arts Victoria New Work Grant (2012). A survey exhibition of recent work – Somewhere About Now – was held in 2012 at Glen Eira City Gallery.
2012. HD video, edition of 5, 2:04 minutes on infinite loop.
Repose was constructed and animated using 3D modelling software to create a virtual hotel room – the sort of generic, standardised space that is now repeated globally, with only surface variations. The room is filled with references to communications, simulation, uncertain space, and other contemporary conditions. These details only fully reveal themselves through repeated viewing, unfolding through time in the way a painting does. Like a painting, the artist hopes it to be beguiling, enigmatic, beautiful and hypnotic.