Manifesto

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n. the eerie, forlorn atmosphere of a place that’s usually bustling with people but is now abandoned and quiet — a school hallway in the evening, an unlit office on a weekend, vacant fairgrounds—an emotional afterimage that makes it seem not just empty but hyper-empty, with a total population in the negative, who are so conspicuously absent they glow like neon signs.

(Taken from The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows)

There midnight's all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow

 My subject matter is in a sense, diverse – with one common element, in that there are no people in any of my paintings. The reason for this is that I am interested in exploring the idea of the ephemeral and also the idea of ‘timelessness’. We have the ability to create, yet these creations can outlive ourselves. We ourselves are ephemeral – yet without us there would be no idea of time and the world would simply remain. I work mostly from my own photographs and tend to portray the mundane or forgotten aspects of the world around us. I am interested in the notion of placing things in different contexts and so I take historic buildings and places and juxtapose them with abandoned houses and empty modern street scenes, alluding somewhat to corporate and economic greed and what it essentially achieves in the end – nothing. The lack of people and hazy nature of the images may sometimes mean it is difficult to pin a time of day, or even an era on the scenes.

This blog’s purpose is simply to exist and document my own experiences as an artist living in the 21st Century in a country crippled by  a worldwide financial recession. The important thing is that we not lose sight of this world and ourselves. We live in a society, not an economy, and to understand each other there must be an open dialogue at all times, especially when it comes to our culture, which is constantly changing, yet still restricted by the confines of a system that has been failing since it began.

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2 Responses to “Manifesto”
  1. gonerustic says:

    If only governments thought as much about community as they about economy … and if only they noticed what the artists in all genres are ‘saying’! May I also say that I think you are a poet with the hands and eye of an artist … =D

  2. Anyone under the age of 40 will not remember the times when there was a reasonable balance between the financial sector and the general public.
    People had jobs and confidence in the future. Today that element of security has gone.

    It has been sacrificed to feed the ever hungry owners of vast amounts of capital. They seem to think money can generate money at the push of a button without anyone having to work for it.

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