counter narrative device
reclaimed card board, scavenged electrical components, and fixtures
Photo credit: Sean Davey
Byrd works in an ongoing capacity as a freelance muralist, producing commercial murals of varying scales, from domestic interiors to public exteriors as well as producing compositions of his own in public spaces. byrd’s studio practice surveys a re-claim and reuse agenda, made evident in the ornamental surfacing and resurfacing of walls and other historied grounds (both built and found), with an accumulated library of marks, patterns and icons. Both the commercial and gallery work deal with the accumulation of place in spaces.
byrd has works held in the collections of The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Museum and Gallery, the ACT Legislative Assembly Art Collection, the ARTBANK collection, Craft ACT and various private collections both locally and abroad. He has produced work for clients such as The National Portrait Gallery, the Hindmarsh group, the Molongolo Group, ActewAGL, ICON Water, Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation, The City of Sydney, Tumut Shire Council, Bega Shire Council, The Department of Territory And Municipal Services, and numerous local businesses.
This counter narrative device is a time-lag accumulator. It is made from materials in flux, taken between their primary use and secondary potential. It is the simulacra of an existing object (this also in transition). The placement of this counter narrative device on contour 556 is intended to rekindle in the viewer other potentials of material and place.