False Feet is a multi-media art exhibition exploring “micro and macroscopic worlds replete with bizarre alien flora and fauna”.  

The Four Five Hundred spoke with “co-conspirators” Eli Lamont and Richard Kearney.

When they were flatmates in Auckland more than a decade ago Eli Lamont and Richard Kearney introduced each other to video games, sci-fi moves and psychedelic music.

False Feet – the pair’s first major art exhibition – is the product of years of shared pop-culture interests and artistic development.

“We started talking about it probably two, three years ago,” says Whanganui’s Lamont.

“Both our styles sort of complement each other quite well I think because we’re sort of into the same sort of stuff.”

Lamont’s work is mainly digital print and Kearney focusses on sculpture and painting but the pair took cues from each other’s work as the exhibition developed.

“When we were working on this show we knew we wanted it to be cohesive,” Auckland’s Kearney says. “We were both a pretty big influence on each other’s interests.”

Lamont: “I got to see the development of his pieces and tried to put that into my ideas and use some of the same sort of colours and things that he did.”

False Feet explores micro and macroscopic worlds filled with alien flora and fauna and both artists share the same ideas around the subject.

“It’s just a different way of imagining things I think. It’s a chance to explore – just having fun making different creatures and worlds and trying to take your imagination as far as you can,” Lamont says.

Kearney looks at biological and ecological forms.

“It’s the idea of building and alternative reality and making that real by forming relationships between the things you’ve created in the world,” he says.

Ritual by Richard Kearney

Lamont’s distinctive style may have started developing when he was studying video game graphics but it was really honed creating band posters – many for Whanganui’s Space Monster.

“Doing the posters, I had a reason to finish something, to take it to a point of completion and to get feedback on something which was huge,” he says.

His work starts as hand-drawn sketches with the best getting finished and coloured on Photoshop.

“Most of them have evolved from a little sketch book. It’s sort of half on paper and then half digitally colouring it in.”

The hand-drawn element is important to Lamont.

“When I was doing 3D models and animations and stuff on the computer from scratch I got sick of using the computer so intensively so that’s why I try and get a hand drawn element. But then I also figure I know to use the computer to do stuff so I might has well use that to do the colours.”

Lamont’s next focus is Artists Open Studios later this summer where he will be based at Bedford Ave.

*Featured image is Dialogue by Eli Lamont. 

**False Feet is on at Space Studio & Gallery until January 27.  For more information click here