World Stage

Digital representations of global species of butterflies to animate the powerful iconography of worldwide flags

World Stage uses digital representations of global species of butterflies to animate the powerful iconography of worldwide flags. In a year when national, political and social identity has been brought to the forefront of our minds, we are ever more aware of the rich symbolism of the flag – what it means to display it and what it means to disrupt it.

The iconography of each flag alludes to a specific geographic area or population identity, whilst the large digital piece has the ability to erupt in a swarm of colour and movement evoking freedom of thought and expression. Ultimately, the butterflies return to their intended, iconic design, representing the unity and collectivity that Harris also represents here.

The transition to monochrome and metallic butterflies unifies the national flags in a poignant way. Taking this material transformation to another level, the presence of the viewer’s own reflection across the surface of the metallic butterflies signifies our individual responses to the flag’s iconography.

The question of identity, on both an individual and community level, feels more pertinent in the current global climate than ever before. Harris' "World Stage" artwork has been introduced at the Halcyon Gallery exhibition 'Us Now’, which looks at how artists appropriate national and political figures, imagery, and iconography in order to address this subject in their work.

Referencing the uncertainties of the US election and Brexit, alongside the global pandemic that affects us all, the question of identity, on both an individual and societal level, feels more pertinent than ever before as nationalism proliferates throughout the world and communities clash with each other. US NOW explores how artists appropriate national and political figures, imagery and iconography in their work in order to address this subject.

Flags are an enduring art historical motif, the strong iconography of the American flag was famously exploited by pop artist Jasper Johns, who recognised the ubiquitous presence of the 'Stars and Stripes' in everyday life.


Year:
2020

Edition:
Edition of 8 + 2 Artist Proofs + 2 Museum Proofs, per canvas size

Materials:
Code, electronics, computer, 4K touch display, sensors, aluminium.



Dimensions in MM:
65 inch canvas with sensor and frame:
1623.5 (W) x 998.5 (H) x 202 (D) mm

86 inch canvas with sensor and frame:
2112 (W) x 1282 (H) x 188 (D) mm

Dimensions in INCHES:
65 inch canvas with sensor and frame:
63.9 (W) x 39.3 (H) x 7.9 (D) inches

86 inch canvas with sensor frame:
83.1 (W) x 50.4 (H) x 7.4 (D) inches