Ruffled (2014, 2017)

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Industrial LCD Screen, Custom Electronics and Software, Sensor, Blackened Aluminium, Acrylic.

286 (W), 342.5 (H), 72 (D) mm
11.2 (W), 13.5 (H), 2.8 (D) inches

335 (W), 408 (H), 72 (D) mm
13.2 (W), 16 (H), 2.8 (D) inches

446 (W), 518 (H), 72 (D) mm
17.5 (W), 20.3 (H), 2.8 (D) inches

Edition of 8 + 2AP + 2P for each bird

Extra Large:
730 (W), 1140 (H), 72 (D) mm
28.5 (W), 45 (H), 2.8 (D) inches

Edition of 8 + 4AP + 2P

Exclusively available through Priveekollektie Contemporary Art | Design

The Ruffled artworks continue Dominic Harris’ fascination with personifying animals within an abstracted display. In the Ruffled artwork he turns his attention to the world of ornithology and creates living portrait studies of the birds with which he is most intrigued.

Through a curated selection of twenty birds, each is brought to life through a startlingly life-like virtual representation on screen. At first the birds appear to be merely posing for a still life, but when the viewer approaches they come to life, beckoning further interaction with the viewer as each displays its personal attributes.

Each bird is initially presented as though it is ‘almost’ a still-life portrait. If observed closely, one will see that the bird is actually moving gently,albeit in a passive state. One might see the breathing or an occasional twitching, but really the bird is trying to stand still as if for a photographic portrait.

As the viewer approaches the artwork the bird begins to respond. Each species of bird has its own unique characteristic and charm. While some birds immediately exhibit behaviours that are endearing and entertaining, there are others who, at first, appear more solemn and independent,  taking their time to warm up to the viewer before performing their unique jumps, hops, and head bops. Some birds are clearly of a more nervous and twitchy disposition, whilst others are self-confident performers.

The twenty species of bird have been selected by the artist for their own unique combinations of beauty, scarcity, and specific characters and personalities. Harris anticipates that they be collected either individually or as part of a larger set; the birds are exhibited on one of four sized artworks (in reflection of their true scale).