I was selected for “Softcopy” exhibition at the Kimura Gallery, University of Alaska, April 3-17, 2006.
I have always been fascinated by time and this exhibition was an ideal opportunity to document a period in my life when I was obsessed with genetics. Our vast knowledge on the way living things are made, enable us to create larger or smaller domesticated animals or other living organisms for food and pleasure. I experimented with mice.
The piece exhibited in the ‘Softcopy’ exhibition was called ‘Site Under Construction‘ this was an ongoing project I started in 1999, which explored the concept of an extreme identity and truth.
Through out the web there are thousands of extremist viewpoints all ejaculating vicious and malicious bile. By assuming an extreme identity you can adapt innocent information and create a political or moral hard-line manifesto and engage in extreme ideologies and propagate propaganda. Extremes like fascism can be alluring in times of National crisis and could be considered as a remedy for terrorism and immigration. I naturally don’t agree with this but…
Selective breeding to create the perfect, idealized form and color within living organisms (if taken to the extreme) have similar philosophies and methodologies to those employed in ethnic cleansing. The weak and imperfect are destroyed and non-conforming breeding stock culled; the aim is to create an elite super species.
Below is an extract
The committee members discovered I was an Artist and asked me to become the cartoonist for the ‘National Mouse Club News’ this I did and created ‘The Diary of a Thinking Mouse’. This modest position within the organisation enabled me to observe the hierarchy and social structure of this group. I was never socially accepted and was treated as an outsider. The majority of the people I came into contact with were from the North of England or the poorer suburbs of London. They were Council Workers, caretakers, labourers and retired people. As a group it would be safe to describe them as mainly ‘Working Class’ and as is typical with this class of society, they were extremely dull of mind and poorly educated. Read more…
Another view from the exhibition pdf of article in ‘The Northern Light’