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ANGUS WOOD
Long Distance Relationship

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Long-Distance Relationship focuses on the balancing act performed by the artist as he lives his life in two worlds: the poetic and the utilitarian.

The artist is often characterised by his choice to live 'off-grid'; that is outside societal norms and his eccentric behaviour. This stereotype (most notably represented by Vincent Van Gogh) is viewed in opposition to the lives of the rest of society, who's existence is 'hum-drum' or predictable by comparison.

 

The problem with stereotypes is they exaggerate some things whilst downplaying others, leaving one with a mythical creature, not a flesh and blood human being. To put it another way, they present a fiction and obscure the truth.

The paintings in Long Distance Relationship address this by presenting together often through collage or layering effects the principle concerns of both poetic and utilitarian modes of being. 'Sourcie' recalls the landscapes of the Barbizon School while two large hands lifted from a pornographic magazine prize open where a small creek winds its way toward the viewer. The name plays with Gustave Courbet's 'The Source' and smutty tag lines found in cheap nudie magazines. The purpose is to put forward the idea that those who are responsible for high culture are also consumers and or proponents of low culture.

 

 

'Paleo-Diet' challenges the need to mythologise art in light of the many visual wonders we encounter on a day to day basis. At the centre of the painting is the spaceship from the 1981 arcade game 'Galaga'. In the arcade game the player controlling the spaceship defends the galaxy from an array of strangely shaped alien crafts- however in 'Paleo-Diet' he is coming under attack from symbols lifted from Paleolithic cave paintings. The similarity between the first attempts at representation with paint and the first attempts at representation with pixels is remarkable. Whilst the arcade game is valued as little more than pop culture, the cave painting is revered. Whereas the process of painting is direct and physical, the act of creating images with computers is abstract and cerebral. The juxtaposition begs questions of the value systems we use to deign what is and isn't art. And thusly what is and isn't of importance.

 

 

Long-Distance Relationship is an elusive show to categorise, spanning the three major genres still life, the figure and landscape. But its aim is to seek an elusive truth: What exists that is truly poetic? How closely do we live to those moments of universal beauty? And how can one live a life which engages meaningfully with the mystery of existence?

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