Habit becomes a compromise, between the individual and his environment and his own organic eccentricities, the guarantee of a dull inviolability, the lightning-conductor of his existence. Habit is the ballast that chains the dog to his vomit. Breathing is habit. Life is habit.
Samuel Beckett, Proust, London, Chatto and Windus, 1931, pp. 19
Vera Klute, who has worked mainly in the medium of video animation, has taken this as an opportunity to explore the new medium of kinetic sculpture. The exhibition brings together paintings, drawings, kinetic sculpture and video animations.
As the title suggests, the work is orientated around domestic subjects, as well as anatomical explorations of the body. Klute’s practice stems from an interest in exploring systems of human behaviour patterns, and examines repetitions of everyday life. The work is an ongoing investigation of our immediate environment; identifying strategies people employ to deal with repetitive cycles and monotony, or are forced into by merely reacting to it. Despite the idea of a free will, people are to a great extent ruled by daily habits that have become automated over time. These patterns can over time appear to lose their original purpose, but they are essential to keep the individual functioning as they provide stability, sanity and comfort.
Klute is using familiar objects or situations to analyze and dissect such patterns that can often be read as messy, untameable or organic. Within this the artist is exploring the boundaries between the mental and the physical, seeing the human brain as a machine that is not yet fully understood. In this way the exhibition explores not only cycles of human behaviour but also their equivalent in the biological processes of our anatomy. By creating fantastic combinations between the two, the work draws on suggestions and theoretical possibilities rather than scientific accuracy.
Vera Klute graduated from the Dun Laoghaire College of Art, Design and Technology with a BA (Hons.) in Fine Art. Since graduating Klute’s work has featured in numerous group shows including Pheonix Park, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin; The Video Project, Pawnshop Gallery, Los Angeles; Weather Permitting at Mantua Project, Ballingare, Roscommon; Boyle Arts Festival, Boyle, Roscommon; Big Foot, Monstertruck Gallery, Dublin, and Animae Caribe, South Valley University, Luxor, Egypt. Klute’s first solo show was held at The Lab, Dublin in 2006.