This painting is a vast collection of interrelated metaphors and symbolism.
The main figure standing on the catwalk represents humankind as the centre of its own attention. Holding the smartphone with a large smiley emblem on its screen, this represents the speed of technology and the ‘must have’ techniques employed by the mass media – mostly advertising – the veins of Capitalism, represented here by the whip. The Trilobite belt buckle represents the evolution of life on the planet, fashioned in a leopard style print; this represents the fashions of science, the evolutions of science itself, as well as the gyrations of the fashion industry’s.
To the left we have a representation of one of the most iconic images during the 2011 riots in London, to the Right a Black Hole. On the man’s shirt we see Stephen Hawkins Information paradox equation, where the S symbol has been turned into the dollar sign ($). Hawkins, being tackled about this equation and proved wrong (Matter/information sucked into black holes is lost) comes back at the physics establishment with a theory that Black Holes suck in matter only to transport that matter to another dimension.
I argue that greed (part of the cause/actions of the London Riots)is our biggest concern as a species and the paradox of the information available to us is that we don’t, as a species, as a collective recognise the damage our own values as a society is doing to our own species. Corporation values are damaging the biosphere to a level where we will not be able to sustain our current way of life and may even damage the system to a point where it is completely damaging for our survival as well as that of all the other species on the planet. But then maybe these are lessons we need to learn as a species, we seem to only see the consequences when they are staring us in the face, apart from those of us that can see the interconnections at play here, maybe this is Gods Will.
The point of the painting is looking at knowledge, the progression of knowledge, fashions of this knowledge and not utilising the knowledge that we already have. A mish mash painting… but one that represents the big mish mash questions of our contemporary society, a balanced symmetrical painting unbalanced by information but holds true that there is order to this chaos. “Form and structure in chaos, mathematics for the rough and irregular shapes in nature” - Mandelbrot (taken from the Secret Life of Chaos).
This Study is looking to psychology, fashion, ignorance and social critique.
The figure has the affiliation of Moobs (Man boobs) and can be viewed in two ways one he should be ashamed of this or he canvalue and accept this. The pose could be anger at himself or anger at judgments of
The pressures of men have increased over the last two decades to fit a certain media archetype. This has resulted in a mass increase of cosmetic plastic surgery among men. The fashion models that fill our visual periphery does have a psychological impact. The fashions sold to us to fulfill a certain happiness desire are shown in the labeled/branded undergarment.
Could these establishments be our propaganda trolls... pushing our heads in a certain direction to fulfill their own desires?
religions that have spread from the words of Jesus.
The intent of this work is to question dogmatic notions of religion focusing on parents who
force their children to follow their own religion. I’m curious to thoughts if this practice was made illegal, would the religions of the land dissolve away after a few generations? After all Professor Dawkins has proved once a child is
indoctrinated in a rigorous religious upbringing it is difficult for the child to critically think beyond their original initial dogmatic education; a form of brainwashing? The Crow represents the dark side to this painting as the manipulation of power over others.
I did not want to appear Christian bashing, I believe there are many positive aspects of
the religion, and the unquestioned life after all is a life in ignorance. I think to the Bible and there are many positive ideas and notions presented. I have represented these as the leaf cutting ants climbing up the scaffold crucifix towards the child.
I have also added ants carrying an Apple Mac, I wanted to show how consumerism, especially
Apple have their products presented in their shops as items worthy of worship. Look at the altarpiece display tables, the lighting and how they help create frenzy when opening there stores. I also like the connotations of the Apple and the Garden of Eden associations to this piece; perhaps technology is the new Garden of Eden, but this also presents us with problematic dilemmas… shall we indulge completely in the apple? Or shall we just eat it when were in need of one of our five a day? Questions into the overuse of technology over spiritual pursuits and addictions into this new fast expanding technology.
The sold stickers on the wall represent the Tate show 'Pop World' which was originally to be called 'Sold Out'. This in turn is highlighting and questioning fashions in the art world, money and the real value in art.
Painted Jan 2011
A simple nude study becomes something more, the Banksy tattoo on her ankle, also referencing 'copy' and 'past' tattooed on her fingers adds depth to the image. The body becomes another canvas to paint on within the image.
Thoughts turn to the way we recycle images and popularise them, especially with the ever faster uses of technology. From the beginnings of pop art to the recent mass circulation of the Abu Ghraib photos, this mass circulation of images can help us reflect more deeply as a society. As we copy and paste we copy the past making it more accessible to all with the introduction of the internet.
Painted Jan 2011/July 2011