Angus (Gus) Webb was born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand. After finishing high school at Auckland Grammar he moved south to study a Bachelor of Commerce and Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management at the University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ. His artwork deals in shape and context, bringing order to medium and reflects upon it. Defining the beautiful or the absurd or the sublime in a modern context. Through his use of colour, he presents both serene moments and highly energetic and defined junctures. From the work, he hopes to leave the audience thinking of perspective and reflection, in a tumultuous Global World.
Webb cites urban street art as a significant contributor to his work. As well as traveling to street art hotspots such as Melbourne, Berlin, London, LA, and Christchurch, he has equally been influenced by the urban works of Istanbul, Havana, and Dunedin. Of note is the repetition of similar ideas and ideals that urban artists deal with - ie how these works can add to the localised architecture of a place, the urban discussion of human, animal, machinery, and edifice. How art can add to a building in the same way texture adds to design.
If street art is the obverse, the reverse side of the coin is the digital narrative. As the proliferation of digital content rapidly expands, so too does our access to the contents of Museums, Art Galleries, and social media scapes, such as friends and family in scenic locations, endless pictures of food and of course, the idealised self. All these synthesise to create the dichotomy of our modern world - Online \Offline and the collision of our own real-world experience with that of the online narrative, in turn, the birth of the digital native.
Bringing an outsider's perspective to modern, contemporary art, this artist seeks to explore and engage the urban individual with nature, by utilising the ancient ideas of perspective, symmetry, pattern, habit, highlighting the strength we gain from these rhythms and the beauty that emerges over time. The abundant, fractured themes of the individual in atomised societies as we exchange ideas on identity/sexualisation and grapple with consciousness changing ones such as feminism. The linearity of our cities juxtaposed with the complex, somewhat chaotic, patterns of nature's hand. And finally, what it is to be present, in this truly orgasmic cosmos?
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