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Saturation Point

Saturation Point (2017, ink on paper)

Saturation Point

Stuck in The Sediment of Suffering

Stuck in The Sediment of Suffering (2017, mixed media on paper)

I’m writing this in a world that is a week into the Trump administration. I can’t yet tell if it’s caused the biggest cloud of confusion and panic since the Twin Towers came down (it’s shock certainly eclipses the event that’s stuck in the middle of these – the financial crash of 2008), but it is certainly a ‘Super-massive event’.

I bring this up because it’s also caused a crisis within my creative output. I’ve found myself in doubt not only as to whether my work is relevant in the midst of this ‘mania’, but to whether or not art has validity when panic emitted from all media orifices makes experience so fractured.

The last thing my work aims to do is to generate a sense of hopelessness and hatred of the world, but one largely un-constructive and, I feel, unjustified comment left on here a month back did force me to question whether this is the affect of my work in many eyes.

As dark as the images can be, they are in their essence self-helping rejections of a powerful and pervasive agenda that is itself,  I believe,  the source of the hopelessness and hatred. They are a ‘fuck you’ to its realism, even if they fall short of aiding the materialisation of a viable alternative.

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I started Stuck in The Sediment of Suffering in the month of the presidential election and, at the time of writing, am still working on it a week into the Trump administration.

What is it about? Of course, when a work takes months to make, a myriad of mindsets (or a myriad of me’s? ) have their say, but the decisive meaning is within its conception, hence the title.

It is the sister work of the recently finished Hope of The Nihilized. Both were conceived in the space of two days. Both works not only desire/long for, but demand,  an active transition from a capitalist system now condemned to be a wheel spinning furiously in the deep mud of its end point, causing only senseless trauma and decomposition, on the soil and in the soul.

Stuck in the Sediment of Suffering looks at the persistence of class, wage slavery and it’s discontents, in a time when the necessity of material scarcity, and immiserating and humiliating work and social conditions is totally debunked by our technological capabilities. It looks at how these structures are not only persisted with out of convenience but also out of a deeply rooted sense that lifelong suffering and punishment is somehow right (views that can easily make unwarranted appearances out of the mouths of friends as much as they can from perceived foes). I disagree, believing that it creates a cycle of needless social violence.

However, I’m starting to feel like this drawing marks an end point, not only to a body of work that has tried to reflect life from run up to the 2015 UK election to the 2016 US Presidential Election, but to a stage of my life. I’ve been making these large drawings for ten years, and there’s many things I haven’t and want to do in life, regardless of whether the world goes to war tomorrow or the air becomes poisonous.  Most my adult life has been stunted by self-esteem and emotional barriers, a path which I’m trying to take pigeon steps away from now. But without going into all of this (as it isn’t largely relevant, and I don’t want to encourage online ‘life advice’ I don’t need – I’m just explaining the facts), it may just mean a large gap, or a point of juncture . It may not – if I’m posting new landscape drawings on here in a few month it may well mean I’ve returned back to the only tools that have thus far worked.

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After The Sugar Rush

After The Sugar Rush (2016, mixed media on paper)

My last drawing of 2016. Literally finished at 11:20pm on December 31st.

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After The Sugar Rush (2016)

Hunger Games Darwinism

Hunger Games Darwinism (2016, mixed media on paper)

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Reflections on Voices From The Wilderness

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Thanks to everybody who came down last night to my and John Wilkinson’s opening of our exhibition Voices From The Wilderness. We both felt it was well attended, and the evening was full of conversations engaging in the subject of the works, and how and why and John Wilkinson’s works potentially work well together. (The exhibition is open 11-4pm, until 2nd October)

I thought the fact we both place an utmost importance on the work title’s being visible next to the works gave us a common ground in our motivations for making and exhibiting our works. We also agreed that our works shared a similarity in that they both present human landscapes that initially look chaotic to the eye, only to slowly come together more as an organised chaos, dealt out by the dynamics/forces of the system that drives the world. Personally, it was really nice to finally show my video-work The Mary Celeste Project (The Scene of Crash) next to my drawings.

I also feel it’s important to add that we have another opening on Friday 25 September, where a collection of talented spoken word and sound artists will play in the gallery space.

The event will start at 7pm, with Gav Roberts opening at 7.15, followed by Liz Ferrets and Kevin Titterton. At about 8pm we will have a noise performance by SW1-Hunter.

SW1-Hunter is Adam Denton, who is one half Trans/Human.
Trans/Human began life at The Audacious Art Experiment in Sheffield in 2011.
Around that time John Ledger and Adam Denton would discuss many of the themes explored and rendered in John’s work. For the performance tonight SW1-Hunter draws on these fragments of history and its impact on the construction of a/the self.

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The Long Night of a Needless Storm

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Images of Work from Recent Exhibitions

Over the past 2 week I’ve had my works in two exhibitions:

In Unity Hall Launch exhibition in Wakefield I exhibited The Place of Dead Ends, The Index For Child Well-being and Whilst We Were All In The Eternal Now…

And in Our Corner: Art as Political Expression, at Bank Street Arts in Sheffield, I exhibited …Coils Tightening

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Five Years Drowning – a virtual tour

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…Attempting a cognitive mapping of chaos…speeding of information causing its very disintegration…a proliferation of incomprehension…a deluge of auto-suggestions against the panic attacks of rare clear perception…being brayed between mumbo-jumbo-unreality and the biggest ever threats to humanity…underneath it all an cracking of skin and an aging of bones #CanIHaveSomeTimeAlone? Five Years Drowning.

The exhibition runs until Wednesday 2nd June

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TV Talk (part of series)

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Hyper-Malaise

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Progress…

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close up section of ‘Who Would Want to Listen to This?’

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Five Years Drowning – upcoming show in Sheffield

I have a solo show coming up in Sheffield centre, the preview opening on Wednesday 25 June.

Image…Attempting a cognitive mapping of chaos…speeding of information causing its very disintegration…a proliferation of incomprehension…a deluge of auto-suggestions against the panic attacks of rare clear perception…being brayed between mumbo-jumbo-unreality and the biggest ever threats to humanity…underneath it all an cracking of skin and an aging of bones #CanIHaveSomeTimeAlone? Five Years Drowning.

A solo exhibition by John Ledger@35 Chapel Walk

Thursday 25 June – Wednesday 2 July, 11AM – 4PM.
Preview Wednesday 25 June, 6-8PM

35 Chapel Walk, Sheffield, S1 2DP
http://www.35chapelwalk.com

Just The Noise… – a virtual tour

It’s been really good for me to get the main chunk of my work (with the exception of the installations from previous shows) into one big space. But it was especially good to show smaller works next to the larger ones, as I feel doing this helped map out the last 5 years quite well. I did an interview with Alternative Barnsley explaining the motives behind staging this comprehensive account of the past of years of marking work.

The exhibition is on until Thursday @Gage Gallery, KIAC, The Lion Works, 40 Ball Street, Kelham Island, Sheffield, S3 8DB

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ImageImage courtesy Mathew Nunns

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The Sk[ull] is falling in

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This table includes all the books I have made during these years, including a the artist book Remedy by Victoria Lucas, for which I wrote a small piece. My books can be found here http://www.blurb.co.uk/user/ledgefromkec

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The Planet's Mental Illness - By John Ledger

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