Internationally renowned digital artist, Gregory Bennett’s latest exhibition, Exosphere (2018) is now open at the Tauranga Art Gallery.
Created specifically for the Tauranga Art Gallery, the exhibition extends Bennett’s exploration of a self-styled synthetic world, created using high-end 3D software and motion capture.
The 21-minute-long digital animation references the uppermost layer of atmosphere surrounding a planet, where it thins out and merges with interplanetary space. An in-between zone that suggests both limitations and possibilities.
Interested in the way in which cities, and the societies that inhabit them, operate, Bennett uses current animation technology to reflect metaphorically what might be occurring in the present while also imagining any number of possible futures.
Bennett’s work focuses on 3D animation, motion capture, projection mapping and interactive media. He has exhibited in a number of New Zealand galleries and is in numerous collections including University of Auckland and the Chartwell Trust. Bennett’s work has been shown extensively in international exhibitions including recently in Australia, U.S.A, Italy, Hong Kong.
As well as being a practicing artist, Bennett is also a senior lecturer in the Digital Design Department, School of Art & Design at AUT University. He has been teaching at AUT since 2005 where he established the first courses in motion capture.
The unique universe Bennett depicts in his work is on display at the Tauranga Art Gallery until August 26, 2018. For more information visit www.artgallery.org.nz