What Obligation Do They Carry? cut aluminum, 
42 x 21 inches
Who Are You!, cut aluminum, 43 x 30 inches
We Never Fear or Falter, cut aluminum, 
44 x 25 inches
  ...In Their Undershorts?, collaged pyjamas, 
52 x 30 inches
Detail (From Being to Becoming) 38 x 35 inches
Prints on a Roll, screen print on kraft paper, repeating images, 
1000 feet x 24 inches
Silent Signals, cut aluminum, 22 x 44 inches
Installation view, cut aluminum, inkjet prints (Seven Rays)
Installation view, collaged pyjamas, and etchings 
 (Playing the Game)
Installation view, cut aluminum and screen printed roll

One Continuous Mistake

Part of how I make art is by borrowing clichés, ideas and images from popular culture. I try them on and look for a version of truth within the stereotypes. Through this process I seek a more nuanced understanding of ideas, while still presenting them in an approachable and humorous style. By using cultural tropes in my work, I play with the viewers’ familiarity to the subject matter. I look at how information and ideas are conveyed; how they can describe or define our experiences.

In broad terms, my work is about identity and difference – looking at the familiar and disrupting expectations. By collaging and manipulating images, I create new relationships and understandings of what already exists. By revising and recombining cultural references, I create work that plays with mass culture and the recognition of its production. My work looks at intersections between natural, cultural and social influences, and at how understanding these concepts influences who we are, what we identify with, and how we act.

I use Boy Scout imagery to discuss behavioural norms, sexuality, and the construction masculinity. These boys exist in the space between how they are expected to behave, and how they want to behave. They fumble through moral experiments while haphazardly staking out their own territory. These characters imitate the world, images and scenarios surrounding them.

The suite of etchings titled Playing the Game uses Goya’s Disasters of War as a starting point. In referencing historical work dealing with the brutality of war, the images meet today’s world, discussing violence and representations of masculinity in modern society. Through their serial and repetitive nature, narratives of subculture, ritual and violence play out. The work acts as a dialogue with its source material.

The photographs in this exhibition also address ideas of ritual and subculture. These self-portraits look at ideas of magic and intention. In creating magic symbols we lay out our intentions and desires, we choose to have hope, we attempt to give structure, and create meaning. Through magic, much like through art, we transform and create the world as we want to see it

This work was created in 2011.

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