The dark room with filled with what initially looks like shattered glass, immediately evokes an emotional response. Adelaide artist Steven Cybulka creates site responsive works; creating work in relationship and conversation with the space and his intuition.
“Like I’m Apart” is much darker (in tone and aesthetics) than some of Cybulka’s previous work (consider for instance his 2014 installation Every Chalice is a Dwelling Place) and unlike is usually clean cut geometric shapes, Like I’m Apart is much more unsettled (and unsettling), with the fragmented perspex and pieces and repetition of a single image (a female hand signalling “peace”) scattered through the room.
By creating a site responsive installation, Cybulka becomes a participant-creator in the work, which extends into the viewer’s experience, drawing the viewer in and guiding him/her through the installation. Like I’m Apart, succeeds in eliciting an emotional response from the viewer, but falls short in its resolve, it fails to lead the viewer beyond that initial response… perhaps that’s the point.