As a fool you shall always fail, you shall either fail by staying a fool or by becoming a hero, but it is in failure you will succeed.

As an Artist my approach has been to use the guise of the fool, for he is a character that is unbound from any paradigm and his gaze is not influenced by preconceptions. A distinction has to be made between the natural fool and the licenced fool. The natural fool is he who has no language; whilst the licenced fool walks between the borders of language and nonsense, but never grows roots in either place.

My starting point was male identity and with the series ‘Being’ I have looked at two classic heroic icons through the eyes of the fool, in the hopes that it would reveal the heroic ideal as a utopian dream and the figurative hero as a poster boy for his time. Thor Heyerdahl a representation of the Norwegian man, the underdog with a crazy idea that leads to success and Audi Murphy embodying the American dream, a man who can make his fortune from nothing.

 

 

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Holtzwihr Icon, 90x120 cm, edition of 7 and "Billboard" size, edition of 3, giclee print. London, Englan, 2012.

 

 

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Fatu Hiva Icon, 90x120 cm, edition of 7 and "Billboard" size, edition of 3, giclee print. London, Englan, 2012.

 

Bjorn Veno / Bjørn Venø

Pacific Ocean Icon, 90x120 cm, edition of 7 and "Billboard" size, edition of 3, giclee print. London, Englan, 2012.

 

Seperate videos:

  • Fatu Hiva, 12:57 min, edition of 7. London, Englan, 2010.
  • Pacific Ocean, 01:28:47 hours, edition of 7. London, Englan, 2011.
  • Texas, 08:12:37 hours, edition of 7. London, Englan, 2012.

 

Holtzwihr, 09:45 min, edition of 7. London, Englan, 2012.

 

Showing 3 of 5 images, additional images are:

Texas Icon, 90x120 cm, edition of 7 and "Billboard" size, edition of 3, giclee print. London, England, 2012.
Texas Icon Medals, 60x90 cm, edition of 7, giclee print. Rochester, England, 2012.


PRODUCTION DOCUMENTATION

 

Pacific Ocean

Fatu Hiva

Pacific Ocean

Holtzwihr

INSTALATION DOCUMENTATION

Instalation Documentation: Texas 112.5 x 200 cm and Holtzwihr
63.28 x 112.5 cm. Looped Video
Shown at Show RCA 2012

Instalation Documentation: Fatu Hiva Icon, Pacific Ocean Icon and
Texas Icon 90 x 120 cm.
Shown at The Norton Museum of Art's 2012

Texas Icon 4 x 5 m, Shown at Show RCA 2012

 

ARTIST INTERVIEW

 

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