NASA Lost in Space - 2008 - 90x70cm - Acrylic on Canvas
On doing the work, I have been thinking about the content, which is subsequently, creating the wave that is propelling the emerging ideas into small drawing studies. The emerging, guiding theme is NASA, as metaphor for USA and other linked western countries which are under siege by their own hyperbole, constructs and dubious motives. The use of popular culture references and other icons is really a denouement of my own collusion and parasitical involvement in this burgeoning bubble - "Lost in Space" is a reference to the American television show of the same name, which I spent hours watching in the late sixties and early seventies. In many ways we have swallowed the lie and now see the poison, as an empire grows and shrinks in our own lifetime. To me NASA is a prime example of misplaced science, hype, misbelief, propaganda, pop. culture iconics , misuse of funds and false hope. Which in turn makes a perfect candidate for a series of paintings about western culture, USA and the human condition as a corporate identity.