Part of The Reflections On An Age Of Anxiety Series. War Child is a Digital Collage that cries out at the thought of a simple political or tactical miscalculation leading to the spread of war. Tensions mount at global flashpoints when the worlds most powerful militaries engage in posturing behaviour with one another. Flashpoints occour where countries spheres of influence overlap and a struggle for dominance ensues. For instance the naval collisions and near misses between China and the USA in the disputed islands of the South China Sea, Russian military aircraft probing British airspace, Mounting tensions in the Middle East over attacks on Oil Tankers in the Strait of Hormuz, the recent downing of a US drone nearly resulting in American military action against Iran, these all carry a real risk of large nations blindly blundering towards disaster.
Part of The Reflections On An Age Of Anxiety Series. Suffer The Little Children is a Digital Collage which is currently detained in a 'Tender Age' camp near the US border. Over 2,000 distressed children have been forcibly seperated from their families and detained in cages as a punitive measure taken against those who would attempt to cross the southern border of the United States. When children and especially infants suffer prolonged periods of separation from their parents and other primary care givers, deep emotional trauma is usually the result and thats to say nothing of the other distressing circumstances and conditions at play here. Thankfully the American people and their public backlash has forced an ending to this cruel policy. Hopefully those children can be identified and reunited with their loved ones soon.
I am very happy to announce my participation in the upcoming Our Earth exhibition at the Kunsthuis Gallery in North Yorkshire. I am particularly happy as this exhibition is keeping with the ethos of the work in raising awareness and promoting contemplation around fracking, carbon emissions global warming and other human impacts on the wider environment.
As part of this exhibition the gallery will donate 5% sales commission to their chosen charity Friends of the Earth, an environmental organisation campaigning for a safer climate.
For the exhibition statement and more from the Kunsthuis Gallery checkout: http://kunsthuisgallery.com/our-earth-2018/
Saturday 24th March 2018 3-6pm
Saturday 24th March – 23rd December 2018
Mill Green Farm
Crayke, UK, YO61 4TT
Part of the Reflections On An Age of Anxiety Series. No Ice is a Digital Collage which huddles for space on the edges of the ever depleting polar ice caps. As our good Earth has warmed under a cloud of greenhouse gas, the eco-systems of the Arctic and Antarctic have become less and less tenable, driving indigenous species out of their homes. If these trends persist, the collapse of glaciers and ice shelves into the sea will percipitate a massive rise in sea levels. It will then be the habitat of the human that shrinks.
Part of the Reflections On An Age of Anxiety Series. The Hills Have Eyes is a Digital Collage which goes off grid and takes to the mountains to evade the all pervading, all seeing eye of globalized big data collection and electronic surveillence. George Orwell has left the building and Big Brother has made an entrance of truely epic proportions. Personal Privacy is dead or dying with detailed information about our location, shopping preferences, social groups, interests, what news paper articles we prefer, what kind of opinions we hold, what businesses we frequent, etc. Being broadcast on a constant basis; before being collated and sold amongst large corporations and governmental organisations for huge profits. Those street corners which bristle with CCTV cameras seem quaint by comparison to the sophistication of Smartphones, Computers and other wearable technologies in gathering, integrating and transmitting detailed information about our locations and behaviours. In the modern world we are perpetually 'On The Air' and once our information is in the wind we have no way of controlling it, or getting it back.
Part of the Reflections On An Age of Anxiety Series. Plastic Beach is a Digital Collage which struggles against the overwhelming tide of plastic waste filling our oceans. According to research by the Plastic Oceans Organisation every year more than 8 million tons of plastic floods into our oceans. We are producing plastics at the most prodigious rate in our history and most of this consists of packaging which only ever sees a single use. An unfathomable 91% of all plastic is never recycled with 1 million plastic bags used per minute and over 500 Billion used every year. We have reached a stage where 90% of all seabirds have plastic in their stomachs and the National Geographic Society announced in July of this year that a plastic garbage patch the size of Mexico was discovered drifting in the South Pacific off the coasts of Chile and Peru. So much of this is avoidable with better recycling initiatives and alternative packaging solutions. Hopefully change is on its way, as ultimately our Oceans are not disposable.
Part of the Reflections On An Age of Anxiety Series. Under Stifling Waves is a Digital Collage which seeks relief from relentless humidity of a future of Wet Bulb Environments and turgid Heatwaves. Next month we will see out the end of one of the hottest years on record. Due to Cilmate Change extreme heatwaves are already becoming more common place, placing huge stresses on the critical infrastructure on which populations depend. Ecologists studying the hard limits of heat and survivability have warned of the potential future formation of Wet Bulb Environments as global tempretures rise. A Wet Bulb Environment occurs once the air becomes heated and saturated with humidity past a certain threshold, beyond this point a human body can no longer dispense with its excess heat through perspiration as the air has already reached maximum saturation. Without an effective means for shedding this heat, the bodies core temperature quickly builds to lethal levels. A dire warning indeed and all the more reason to keep a cool head.
Part of the Reflections On An Age of Anxiety Series. All Hail Our Robot Overlords is a Digital Collage which attempts to evade the kill-lists and targeting computers of highly advanced and increasingly automated robotic weapons which are becoming commonplace on the modern battlefield. In parts of the world right now Predator Drones are loitering above populated areas armed with powerful Hellfire Missiles. They are remote controlled by pilots safely sitting in shipping containers, continents away, observing the people below through a bank of targeting screens connected to a high resolution camera. That said, there is a current drive in Military technological research to fully automate the process of killing, this will remove the human factor altogether and leave complex tactical and ethical decisions up to basic computer programming, whilst banishing the issue of accountability to a legal and moral grey area. We live in a time where a Campaign To Stop Killer Robots truely exists. This organisations aim is to get governments to commit to a ban on autonomous weapons before they become a reality, as once they come into use it will be almost impossible to go back. Switch off your targeting computers. For the moment at least, a human remains in charge of the trigger.
Part of the Reflections On An Age of Anxiety Series. Paradise Lost/Blood Money is a Digital Collage which is entangled in a web of international tax evasion schemes. This week has seen the release of The Paradise Papers. A massive leak of files detailing the offshore schemes, havens and agencies employed by the super-rich to avoid paying their fair share back into a society which benefits them the most. When large corporations and wealthy individuals forgo the responsability of tax payments the results for our society are devestating. With more of this tax money filtering back upwards instead of going down, there is less and less in the pot to pay for vital services like healthcare, education, policing, social support, transport and in some countries the result is a lack of essential food programmes, medicine, clean water or emergency aid. There is no easy way to say it, Tax evasion kills people.
Part of the Reflections On An Age of Anxiety Series. Worlds On Fire is a Digital Collage which sifts through the glowing embers of the once mighty forests felled by Wildfire. With the memory still fresh in the collective conscious of last years dramatic evacuation of Fort Mc Murray, Canada as a wildfire unprecedented in speed and scale effectively laid seige to the city. Again we are hot on the heels of an extremely active season of wildfires, with massive fires reported in both Portugal and California. Due to Climate Change, Low Precipitation and Drought the air, land and vegetation are all unusually dry, in these conditions all it takes is a careless camper or even an errant lightning strike to set the world alight. Tend carefully to your campfires!