WORK - DECAY & NOSTALGIC LONGING
Drawing is the starting point for a body of work which uses mixed media, photography, painting and illustration to investigate the history, nostalgic longing and the inevitable decay of machinery
The works have undercurrents of childhood experience, abandoned places woven into memories of 'heroic' exploits as told via cinematic war stories through the monochromatic viewfinder of Anderson, Balcon and Cavalcanti. It's all still here. . .
"The epoch of adventures with analogue machines, and the human hand that steered those inventions and discoveries is largely embedded now in a digital amber, or else lovingly restored and polished, ready for the modern replication/reboot ritual and occasional outings'.
Do we really make anything anymore. . .do we?
Is it all just in our heads now?"
Anthony Oliver 2023