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Grant Stevens, Happiness, 2018, 4K video, color, sound, 5 minutes 29 seconds.

Grant Stevens

Sullivan+Strumpf | Sydney

Grant Stevens, Happiness, 2018, 4K video, color, sound, 5 minutes 29 seconds.

The title of Grant Stevens’s latest solo show, “You have within you right now everything you need to succeed,” has a familiar ring at a time when self-optimization and positive thinking have become de rigueur in the pursuit of life mastery. Since the early 2000s, the artist has explored images, sounds, and texts of media culture and the internet like a sociologist unable to disentangle himself from the phenomena he scrutinizes. Believing collage to be one of the most significant legacies of modernism, Stevens updates this technique, along with appropriation and quotation, in works focused on how psychology and lifestyle are shaped by the digital world.

In the nearly five-and-a-half-minute video Happiness, 2018, a morphing pattern in calming hues of blue, green, and purple formed the backdrop for floating quotations in a white font. The phrases are sourced from mindfulness meditation,

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