This work is an exploration of complexity within ideas, and an attempt to translate a literary anthology style of book design into an exhibition layout, whereby, rooms instead of chapter and pages break up ideas, so that as the viewer moves through the space, just like moving through a book, the ideas build on and reference each other.
In this way the ideas within the work exists not within any particular room or single work but in the liminal space between rooms. It is the viewer, by virtue of being in the space and choosing to make connections, who finds the complexity and creates the relationships between the ideas.
In creating this work I'm seeking to engage with discussions around sex, gender, the death of feminism, and my role in these discussions as a male artist. This exhibition represents me, as an artist, wanting to have these discussions in a particular way and, choosing the work that I have, gives me the power to control how these ideas and discussion are entered into. The desire to reflect this complexity through the exhibition design is intended to force the viewer to fully immerse him or herself in the discussion and avoid losing the ideas down tangential lines.
Part of this work is also about embracing the ideas within nihilism and the abject, about interrogating reality, the truth imperative and our own desires for self-destruction. It is about all these things and none in their entirety, it's about finding a way of exploring these ideas that seeks neither redemption nor apology. It simply is what it is.