Achieving and Getting Things Done (installation)

Achieving and Getting Things Done was an installation I made for a recent exhibition, Globalsapiens: an Introduction. In this exhibition 3 of us were all trying to speak/yell about the state of the world deeply concerning us within the year 2011. But within the confines of an art gallery, within a confines of our individual artist egos, within the confines of our increasingly atomised and forced-self-entrepreneurial lives, is this possible?

Thus within this exhibition we played on this inescapable doubt of ineffectiveness by placing each of us within individual cell-like spaces within the gallery in general. The installation Achieving and Getting Things Done attempted to bring all this doubt within all of my works in this cell into a more clear light.

IMG_6099Here a few words I wrote for my cell inside the exhibition:

Here I languish; informed but passive; not knowing which foot to put in front of the other; so letting faint hopes of something better do the walking for me.

Here in my cell there will constantly remain the doubt that my artworks/artist shows may end up as nothing more than self-profiling within [what I often feel is] a dictatorship of individualism; the fetishisation of the self in the forced-competition of status advancement, based on an ultimatum of prosperity and a terror of failure. Thus, everything I have done within my isolated little world sometimes feels so counterproductive: that the truth may be that I am simply bolstering the realism of a system my work fundamentally opposes in its messages, by seeking recognition, and respect from it, for my individual endeavours.


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About John Ledger

A visual Artist, eternal meanderer and obsessive self-reflector by nature, who can’t help but try to interpret everything from within the tide of society. His works predominantly take the form of large scale ballpoint pen landscape drawings and map-making as social/psychological note-making. They are slowly-accumulating responses to crises inflicted upon the self in the perplexing, fearful, empty, and often personality-erasing human world.

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