Simon Finn’s practice is an exploration into static and movement based representations through drawing, sculpture and simulation technology. Through the use of complex digital modelling, rendering and physics computation, Finn freezes single moments in time before extrapolating them to intricate charcoal drawings and synthetic sculptures. The constructed moments of destruction combine meaning, process and form as seen with recent subject matter as; a pier mid-collapse, a tsunami at point of impact and an unfurling black flag. The subject matter and its treatment teases out the duality between the tangible and the simulated, raising questions concerning aesthetics in an image-saturated world.
“Commencing as simulation and concluding with the hand crafted, a synthetic reality is mapped into the tangible drawn world”.
Artist Bio / CV
Simon Finn is currently a Lecturer of Bachelor of Interactive Entertainment student’s with majors in Animation and Games Design at tertiary level. He is also undertaking a Masters of Fine Art by research at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne Australia.
Simon's practice is also supported by extensive experience as a 3D visualization artist with many local and international businesses. Simon additionally has widespread production and post-production film and television experience both in Australia and Canada. In 1999 he successfully completed a Fine Art Degree with First Class honours from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and Electronic Design and Interactive Multimedia from Swinburne University in 2003.
Simon Finn’s recent solo exhibitions include Synthetic Surge (Beam Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne 2012) and Synthetic Animated Realities (George Paton Gallery, Melbourne 2012). Recent group exhibitions include Primal Mutation (ThousandPoundBend, Melbourne 2012) and Paul Guest Drawing Prize (Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria 2012). Simon was the winner of the NotFair’s Howard Arkley Award in 2012, and was a finalist in the Paul Guest Drawing Prize (2012), the Dobell Drawing Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (2011) and the Banyule Works on Paper Award (2011).