“Faint recollections we lived there” is a collection of painting/drawings using acrylic “enframements” I construct from repurposed acrylic I gather from local factories. They are derived from a series are pianola rolls I have written coded and illustrated as separate scenes of an opera about the new digital feudalism philosophy of “Longtermism” also known as “Effective Altruism”. This movement is enthusiastically financed by billionaires such as Musk, Bazos, Mercer, Zuckerberg, amongst others and represents a new form of 21st century eugenics.
The work is in the style of John Marin the Modernist/Romanticist with an Arts and crafts and punk DIY reflected in “enframing” boxes permeated by painting on top and underneath. Music I dream and then score, inscribed on each box-side, are coded into pianola incisions invading perspex surfaces, highlighting screens as potential meeting places and creative optical imaginative surfaces. This work might lead some viewers, including myself, to further speculate on humanity's drive for progress in directions as much in favour of life as they are about destruction of ourselves as a species. “Faint recollections we lived there” sees complexity as a positive force transforming seemingly disastrous scenarios into landscapes of myriad entangled points and vectors through conflicting and parallel nuanced spaces, illusions, and surfaces. This collection of work, including the operas, derive from my interesting in an Apple shop which was never built in the main square of the city were I live, and subsequently all screens on devices throughout the world, which like Federation Square I see as meeting places. Longtermism is one of many outcomes resulting from the digital age redistribution of wealth and power.
"After Monet’s photograph of his shadow on a Lilly pond surface" Acrylic inks and paint on watercolour papers Repurposed perspex 82.5x58cm. 2023
General (Space) Acrylic paint ink Repurposed Perspex Watercolour paper photocopy 89.5 x 119.5 x 5cm 2023
"Facedown footsteps climb to the maps surface" Acrylic paint ink Repurposed Perspex Watercolour paper photocopy 138 x 146 cm 2023
Days of my Circle South, 2023 Acrylic paint ink Repurposed Perspex Watercolour paper photocopy 111 x 91.5 x 5.5cm
The Sea Fails to Drown Itself, 2023 Acrylic paint ink Repurposed Perspex Watercolour paper photocopy 87.5 x 145.7 x 5.5cm
The Sun Toils Everyday in Blankness, 2023 Acrylic paint ink Repurposed Perspex Watercolour paper photocopy 142.7 x 196 x 4.5cm
The Lighthouse invites the Wandering Sea of Fog, 2023 Acrylic paint ink Watercolour paper photocopy 79 x 118.5 x 4cm