Existing in a state of tension, the work derives itself from being rough, harsh and exposed. Explored within a sculptural context, the focus on actions and process become fundamental elements inside the practice. Whilst also being conceived from this brutalist aesthetic, with the exploration of materials that normally establish themselves within an architectural sensibility. I expand on process to expose the materials and their inherent qualities. whilst bastardizing the substances to gain more of a tangible experience within my practice.
Brutalist architecture plays an important role within my practice, the fascination of these crude powerful structures that celebrate the rawness of unfinished concrete. Taking on the construct of shaping an idea with materials, I let these brutal subjects and their inherent materials flow throughout my practice. Whilst having a concern with my own built environment that I inhabit, I am aware how materials that form these structures can leave a lasting impact not solely within my practice but also in the surrounding society for those who appreciates its material integrities.
There is desire for the materials to be fast, expedient and direct. It becomes an ambiguous way of making as for in my work, there is a strong sense of consideration on the representation of material values. As the aim is to coax the substances out, to show their inherent qualities while acting on instinct throughout material exploration.
Dominic McKeown (1995) is a Belfast born artist as having recently graduated from ulster university MFA fine art programme (2020). whilst also having completed an undergrad in textile design, art and fashion (2017) he works in a range of mediums from sculpture, installation, photography and print. Currently working on an upcoming degree show in the mac while also receiving university of atypical graduate award.Â