Jay Gunning grew up in rural Australia. The driving purpose for all of his work has been to demonstrate the similarities of all cultures and ethnicities with the intention of breaking down social pre-conceptions. Jay has had several inclusions and three solo exhibitions plus awarded success within the advertising industry. Inspired to explore and gain a greater understanding of communities around the globe is part of his pursuit of positive social change and these values are reflected in his urban works. He currently lives in New York City.
About ‘Expectation Mourning’:
‘Expectation Mourning’ explores societal expectations through a modern pop cultural journey. Highlighting everyday moments of status the viewer is asked to question if their life choices were their own. Challenging celebrated daily rituals the viewer is invited into the emotional lives of a couple behind closed doors. From the time the couple wake in the morning to the dinner table, we share their day as they encounter moments they may not have predicted or chosen years earlier.
The piece is accompanied by an original spoken word performance by the artist that builds an interactive experience for the viewer. On opening night the spoken word piece will be delivered live but for viewers thereafter the spoken word is available in an extended format online to listen to while in the space. With each photograph a YouTube clip will be available through a tailored playlist, each having an extended poem about each photograph to amplify the viewer experience.