Exhibitionists intentionsPosted: January 11, 2014
I’m currently working on a group of paintings which will have in common a sort of comic book narration. Some, like the large painting below, will also follow the comic book formula of chronological panels.
Some ideas start off with the first person text, for which i have to think of a complimenting image. This particular piece i created from photos of my hometown and photos posed for by my friend james. The only visual intentions I had for this piece whilst painting it was that it should depict someone trying to catch electricity in a storm, with a bulb. I thought of the light bulb as symbolism for ideas, especially in a cartoon-like setting. The background panels show a storm and lightning which eventually strike the wondering man.
I decided to leave the text until last to give me the finished piece to consider before adding the writing. What i eventually added was a first-person, past-tense narration of someone observing the scene depicted in the painting. It Ends with the un-PC line ‘I think there was something wrong with him.’ but I this line is made inoffensive because the perspective of the narrator is an ominous one, as displayed in the first text box: ‘Sat indoors one evening watching Deal or No Deal after having picked all the glass from my knuckles (…)’.
This piece will be part of a group of paintings I’m creating, all roughly exploring narration, perspective and humour. I’m still asking around on where in Cardiff or Brisol I could exhibit. I’d be happy for any advice on this if anyone hears of good spaces coming up.