Fighting the Culture Wars

Brighton Glimpses

London Journey Views

Map Works and Installations

Fighting the Culture Wars

The political and social turmoil in the western world over the past few years has set up many entrenched positions over the battle ground between the old bastions of political left and right, demographics, social status (real and perceived). ‘Culture Wars’ is a term that has been drummed up by the media and is an attitude that some politicians and commentators have used to cause division amongst the public in Britain, USA and beyond. This body of work has mainly responded to divisions such as those caused over Brexit, the presence of Donald Trump and the polarity between positive/ negative and other opposing forces (as I see them). The 2020 Corona virus pandemic, has recently fed into this narrative and the isolation and dislocation this has inflicted on the human spirit

Fighting the Culture Wars

The political and social turmoil in the western world over the past few years has set up many entrenched positions over the battle ground between the old bastions of political left and right, demographics, social status (real and perceived). ‘Culture Wars’ is a term that has been drummed up by the media and is an attitude that some politicians and commentators have used to cause division amongst the public in Britain, USA and beyond. This body of work has mainly responded to divisions such as those caused over Brexit, the presence of Donald Trump and the polarity between positive/ negative and other opposing forces (as I see them). The 2020 Corona virus pandemic, has recently fed into this narrative and the isolation and dislocation this has inflicted on the human spirit

Brighton Glimpses

Since I moved to the Brighton area (on the UK south coast) in 2014. This body of work was inspired not specifically by the ‘tourist art’ one sees around the city which contains imagery often found in any seaside town, but by other vistas such as the amazing street patterns, hills and fleeting glimpses of the sea, the wind farms in the ocean and the local cricket ground. One of my starting points is to hone in on particular recognisable views whilst attempting to distort, disrupt and adapt that view with the intention of playing with the perception of the viewer as to what is or isn’t familiar. The majority of the ‘Brighton Glimpses’ works are created between 2014-2019

Brighton Glimpses

In Brighton, there’s a lot of it being made that’s for sure. For obvious reasons a lot of the work can fall into tourist clichés and repetition of the same themes (I don’t care if I ever see another artist interpretation of The West Pier again) and when I dealt with the area/sea as a subject, I thought long and hard as to how I could avoid these potential pitfalls with my ‘sea glimpse’ series. The Brighton Open House event is a big showcase every year for artists, probably the largest such event in the UK, I hosted a couple in Hove when I lived there and am taking part in another this coming year

London Journey Views

The journey views are responses to the urban environment that  I’m probably the most familiar with London (where I lived until 2014), encapsulating the system of the journey and our viewing the city from different vantages of the metropolis.  Since 2007 I have spent time filming a proportion of views of various iconic buildings from train and bus journeys whilst traveling in London Some of this material has been transferred into stills and further into paintings/card constructions (appropriating –as a system- the corporate colours of the relevant train company). These works also relate to the football stadium/postcode pieces (link will go here to external page).

London Journey Views

The political and social turmoil in the western world over the past few years has set up many entrenched positions over the battle ground between the old bastions of political left and right, demographics, social status (real and perceived). ‘Culture Wars’ is a term that has been drummed up by the media and is an attitude that some politicians and commentators have used to cause division amongst the public in Britain, USA and beyond. This body of work has mainly responded to divisions such as those caused over Brexit, the presence of Donald Trump and the polarity between positive/ negative and other opposing forces (as I see them). The 2020 Corona virus pandemic, has recently fed into this narrative and the isolation and dislocation this has inflicted on the human spirit

Map works and installations

I have frequently been drawn to the malleability and creative appropriation of mapping and cartography at various times and for differing functions, be that socio-political, biographical, or, simply using the chance vocabulary created by line and shape to one of my primary interests in applying system and chance to my work. The freedom to disobey the conventions of mapping and traditional portrayal of our encounters with landscape opens up a greater dialogue for both me as the artist and for the viewer. This further connects these works in their ability to portray a powerful ‘fleeting’ visual impact whilst encouraging and ‘demanding’ sustained investigation over time through multi-faceted construction and intertwining concepts on several levels.

Map Works & Installations

I have frequently been drawn to the malleability and creative appropriation of mapping and cartography at various times and for differing functions, be that socio-political, biographical, or, simply using the chance vocabulary created by line and shape to one of my primary interests in applying system and chance to my work. The freedom to disobey the conventions of mapping and traditional portrayal of our encounters with landscape opens up a greater dialogue for both me as the artist and for the viewer. This further connects these works in their ability to portray a powerful ‘fleeting’ visual impact whilst encouraging and ‘demanding’ sustained investigation over time through multi-faceted construction and intertwining concepts on several levels.