Saturday, August 2, 2008


I just finished the third Nasa painting: 'NASA Lost in Space'. The first one is called, 'Tornado in NASA', and the second one is called, 'Baptism in NASA'. I am planning to produce at least 30 works all based on the same three characters and various props. The whole series will hopefully one day be displayed together as one large work, each work separated from the other by a gap of about 75mm - in a large grid pattern. All works are on pre-made 90x70 cm canvas stretchers. The colour schemes are based on the primary colours plus black and white. By using different primary pigments each time, it is is quite easy to create variation between each work - e.g Cobalt blue, Ultramarine or Phthalo Blue mixed with any one red or yellow - although the different pigments create variation, the common mixing principle used maintains uniformity.

NASA Lost in Space - 2008 - 90x70cm - Acrylic on Canvas

On doing the work, I have been thinking about the content, which is subsequently, creating the wave that is propelling the emerging ideas into small drawing studies. The emerging, guiding theme is NASA, as metaphor for USA and other linked western countries which are under siege by their own hyperbole, constructs and dubious motives. The use of popular culture references and other icons is really a denouement of my own collusion and parasitical involvement in this burgeoning bubble - "Lost in Space" is a reference to the American television show of the same name, which I spent hours watching in the late sixties and early seventies. In many ways we have swallowed the lie and now see the poison, as an empire grows and shrinks in our own lifetime. To me NASA is a prime example of misplaced science, hype, misbelief, propaganda, pop. culture iconics , misuse of funds and false hope. Which in turn makes a perfect candidate for a series of paintings about western culture, USA and the human condition as a corporate identity.

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