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Don’t Look Back in Grandeur


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/223045399″>Dont Look Back in Grandeur (2017)</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user60125733″>John Ledger</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Don’t Look Back in Grandeur (title by DS Jarvis) was a videowork quickly thought up for the introductory section to the ‘exhibition space’ inWill The Last Person To Leave The 20th Century Please Turn out The Lights? – an event staged by the collective ‘the Retro Bar at the End of the Universe, in a disused pub within the eerie and unidentified West Yorkshire metropolis.

This introductory space became a quick response to the sense of structural ‘unraveling’ occurring around us in the months of May and June. Across from the videowork is an installation of blog-article ‘The End of The Long 90’s’, posted by Rick of Flipchartfairytales in the week we had a potentially game-changing General Election, and the farcical and despicable tragedy at Grenfell Tower in London.

 

Obviously in May we had the horrific terror attack in Manchester, and while nobody can (or should want to) argue against showing compassion and trying to create togetherness in the aftermath of such a traumatising act, I couldn’t help thinking that the song that became a unifying singalong, the 1996 Oasis track ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’ was beginning to embody the entire state of the nation in 2017.

Because Oasis, and Britpop (the pop music moment they embodied more than any other band), was a decadent and nostalgic movement in music that looked back to more visually recognizable times in British History, it seemed not only doubly odd that it came back strong after 21 years, but doubly fitting for a country that was slowly seeming to unravel after a long period of deep identity crisis, propped up by apparitions of former glories.

“May as well get another round in” for a boozed-up population that lost their culture not to waves of immigrants coming in, but to being coerced into buying into an ideology that cut communities into pieces, and began selling back pieces of the past to us in increasingly absurd forms, with left us with no identity based in the present, save for our own lonely narratives of how we’ll find happiness…eventually.

The video consists of all the prime ministers that have presided over this period, enjoying a boozed up ‘trip down memory lane’.

 

2011 WORKS and New Works For New Year

Please excuse the massive gaps between new artworks on this blog, each piece takes me on average around 3 months now; they just keep taking longer and longer to finish.
New Works For New Year
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2011 Artworks

Global Ghetto, 2045, Marks The Centenary Of The Defeat Of Fascism (biro on paper)

Global Ghetto, 2045, Marks The Centenary of The Defeat of Fascism (2000x1403)

“I Want None Of This” biro and collage on paper

I Want None of This (2147x4000)
I Want None of This (close up 2) (2121x3000)

Ill-Equipped (Pencil Crayon on paper)

Ill-Equipped

Acheiving And Getting Things Done (mixed media) used for The Globalsapiens exhibition

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Audio piece made for The Globalsapiens exhibition

http://www.reverbnation.com/johnledger/song/11530815-automaton-sound-piece-for-globalsapiens

The Index For Child Well-being (biro and collage on paper)

In The City... (Biro on paper)

In the city...