"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world"
The content and purpose of art is to act as a transmitter of human idea and endeavour through visual and or audial expression. Above all my art is about exposing secrets, revealing inequity and highlighting complacency. If we accept that art gives expression to the human desire to understand and pronounce its very existence then it must seek to challenge status quo, opinion masquerading as truth, fear and authoritarian dogma. Art can stretch the mind as much as the senses so success for me is to convey an idea and evoke meaning and connection in the viewer. Without the idea we have decor. Put another way, truth and its expression can lead to beauty, but without truth as the goal beauty though pleasing is rendered empty. The conclusion that art represents pure expression alone, that it has or should have no connection with human ideas, exposure of human evil as well as of human endeavour and human desires, diminishes the role art already does play in advancing a progressive society.
Ultimately where art can be at its most inspiring, beautiful and powerful is when it is exposing the ugly, shocking truth.
In 2002 I travelled to the USA accompanying my partner on an exhibiting and recreational trip (some highlights can be viewed via the preserved link below). It was a post "9/11" journey to a country recovering from a shocking assault. There is zero humanity or honour in the slaughter of the unsuspecting and innocent for the glory of religion or ideology. Nearly two decades on perhaps unsurprisingly there has been a doubling down of religious ideology. Religions against each other, against reason, ultimately against the world in order to have ultimate dominion over it remains the greatest threat to the human right to freedom, to peace and fraternity for all. Unperturbed by the irony the faithful have clung ever more desperately to their faith of whatever god they flock to. How many gods can be the "one true god"? This one true god must surely win out above all other false gods and their false prophets eventually?
The blind reliance on religions and their dogma defines human weakness and remain its mortal curse.
From Another Time - The USA TRIP 2002 - pictures and diary