Sean Whittaker - May 2016
Presented as a collection of fragmented vignettes, For Those Who Came in Late documents a series of absurd, slapstick and at times seemingly pointless actions performed by the artist in the studio. Referencing the disjointed nature of daily comic strips and taking its name from the prologue of Lee Falk’s The Phantom, the pacing of the videos is sporadic, jumpy and out of order, forming a sort of nonlinear narrative wherein each fragment is connected to one another through the repetition of objects, colours, actions and aims. Acting more as an overview of a practice than a singular work, collectively the videos question the nature of intention over process – whether something needs to have a ‘point’ at all.
Through his idiosyncratic approach to and use of language, objects and actions Sean’s practice critically examines the role of aspiration in contemporary culture – particularly the at times fraught relationship between notions of failure and success. Expressed through a variety of media, his work often takes the form of video installation and sculpture, combining elements of both found and made objects and performance.
Sean completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2015, graduating with First Class Honours. His graduate work was the recipient of multiple awards including the Chin Chin Wall of Art award.