Saturday, 4 February 2012

Task One

Call 1 – PCA Lift Gallery

You are being asked to produce a new work or submit work for a group exhibition to happen in the Lift Gallery at PCA between the 27th of February and take down 16th of March.
You will be required to install your work yourself and be available to undertake this during the week of the 27th of February.

The work you produce should respond to the theme of:

“False idols: from Deity to concept: The notion of the polemic, an impassioned argument that suggests a discursive belief or the act of questioning.”

You are required to create a, or collection of works using any medium you deem feasible in the time given. Ready to install by Friday the 2nd of March, this means you will need to source ANY equipment, including securing devices, for install and the period of the show.

You should accept the challenge of adapting and reworking your existing practice and ideas to fit this theme.

My Proposal
‘You’ve got me all wrong’

“I have frequently seen people become neurotic when they content themselves with inadequate or wrong answers to the questions of life. They seek position, marriage, reputation, outward success of money, and remain unhappy and neurotic even when they have attained what they were seeking. Such people are usually confined within too narrow a spiritual horizon. Their life has not sufficient content, sufficient meaning. If they are enabled to develop into more spacious personalities, the neurosis generally disappears.” 
Carl Jung

Mankind has been conditioned throughout its history by means of manipulation and fear to not question the given understandings of ‘God’. So rather than listen to what our inner self feels is our truth about who and what we are, we rely on self appointed ‘men of God’ to tell us what to think and feel about what are the ‘rights’ and ‘wrongs’ of our spiritual development.
Though the fears created around manmade myths, we either faithfully/blindly follow or we don’t and then look elsewhere for that joy and essential spiritual connection, often in short lived material pleasures. Consequently the awareness of this connection is lost until something triggers its return.
Through misconceived concepts on what is ‘God’ and the selfish, egotistical motives of greed, could mankind have created an illusion of a ‘God’ in their own image? Is humankind, through its fear of change, the illusion of separateness and reluctance to question, missing out on something more to know about what and who ‘God’ really is?
Has humankind made its Ultimate Idol a False Idol and in this process lost direction and meaning to their lives and a conscious connection with their true selves? How do we as individuals find that essential connection which enables inspiration and insight?

Running in the landscape is my mantra, a vehicle to my connection and the path for inspiration. The physical challenge of dealing with the extremes of heat, the cold and physical pain brings about a meditative focus, which forces me within. And then, when a rhythm is achieved, the body is fluid and the mind soothed, the inner and outer worlds open up to me. The freedom and endless possibilities become apparent. This connection with ‘God/The Source/Life, is made.

“……through constant movement, in coping with wind, rain, snow, cold, fatigue, it becomes possible to reach a state in which the inner and outer realities become a ‘fluid whole’.”
Chris Drury

“I see walking as my form as meditation.……walking becomes meditative. You stop the endless thinking. And that’s a good thing, because every now and then you want to stop going down the neural pathways. Then you have other perspectives.”
Hamish Fulton

I plan to show a film that has been taken on my head camera whilst running. Because it is during these runs/walks that my pieces of writing and maps are inspired I will create a map of my words and journey. It will be no larger than A4 in size and can be taken away by the viewer.   

1 comment:

  1. Yes there are definite similarities, that is a very clear polemic there and its damn true. Good on you! Your work will be the total antithesis of mine. Glory be in God and nature and crap on false idols that look like mankind. Cant wait to see it all come togther.x