Kieran Bryant aims to identify interior narratives and emotional landscapes within the body and externalise them through constructed performative scenarios, photographic documentation, small sculpture, and video installation. Pivoting between desire and repulsion his works exist in a liminal space between the two, expressing peculiarities of the performing body, unconventional materialities, and routines of both staging and documentation. Kieran’s work often develops as a series of marquettes and performative studies, drawing on processes of experimentation and playful gestures. His works demonstrate an interest in the non-technique and non-form, examining liquidity and transitory states within and external of the body.
Since 2013 Kieran has worked as a founding member of 110% with Beth Dillon and Lachlan Herd, a Sydney-based trio of emerging artists who create works of live performance, video, installation and sculpture. 110% has developed from a shared interest in amateur choreographies of the body in space; the aesthetics of uniformed labour; and the dynamics of hosting. Previous works have investigated competitive cultures of positive thinking; tested the dynamics of artist audience relationships; explored the relationship between art appreciation and the pursuit of leisure; and considered the impact of long distance separation on collaborative practice and motivation. 110% often stage performative interventions that play with the presentational structure of art events in festival, fair and gallery contexts. These interventions may take the form of an interruption, an invitation, an oasis, a sweaty mess.
Kieran’s solo and collaborative work has been shown in Australia and internationally at a range of independent galleries, experimental arts festivals and contemporary art institutions. He has undertaken artist residencies in Beijing, Hong Kong and various sites in remote areas of Australia.
Currently undertaking an MFA [Research] at UNSW Art & Design, in 2017 Kieran will be embarking on a series of travel and residency projects based in the Cité Internationale des Arts Paris and the UK.