The Siren, 2019
Single-channel video with sound
Edition of 5 + 1AP
$3,500 exclusive of equipment
Available to view through 4/5MORE about this artwork
In The Siren, a mermaid-costumed protagonist anxiously scales the crumbling remains of a grafiti-covered bunker, perched precariously on a coastal cliff known as Devil's Slide. As a low frequency audio score rumbles, the "siren" struggles to gain footing, bound by a garment that combines an image of kitsch seduction with an unsettling vulnerability.
4K digital animation; Edition of 5 + 2AP
10:12 minutes; Score by Jeremy Turner, performed by Flux Quartet. Sound design by Owen O’Neill. $24,000
Available to view through April 2.MORE about this artwork
Swell imagines a city that has grown to unprecedented heights at a historical juncture where industrialization has yielded to a technological revolution. Natural environments are obstructed by buildings and structures throughout Doyle's animation, a salient metaphor for our attempts to control nature through modes of expansion that undermine our most basic needs for survival. The works mark the conclusion of Doyle's extended response to Hudson River School painter Thomas Cole's iconic five part series, "The Course of Empire" (1833 - 1836), which depicts a single landscape as it transitions from a pastoral setting to a dense metropolis that finally, through conflict and overpopulation, deteriorates to a site of overgrown ruins. Hollow and Swell draws inspiration from the central painting of the cycle, The Consummation of Empire (1836), which imagines a neo-classical civilization at its apex. Whereas Cole's painting responded to a shift from agrarian to mechanized society during the Industrial Revolution, Doyle's work considers the impacts of digital technology on a rapidly proliferating cultural landscape.