End of the Mainstream
2007 Acrylic on canvas, including coins, with papier-mache frame 130 x 100 cm
A witty, ironic, satiric-yet-serious visual commentary on the state of contemporary culture at the beginning of the 21st Century, this painting combines words and metaphoric symbols carefully juxtaposed to illustrate the complex interconnections amongst major world belief systems and institutions in decline: education, economics, health and welfare, legal systems, governments, religion, sport, warfare, and mass media. From personal relationships to Earth-destroying consumerism driven by corporate globalisation, all these mainstream values and social systems based on domination and the shadow aspects of human nature are shown as heading toward their inevitable conclusion.
The placement and rendering of every image makes a multi-leveled statement about the artist’s view of humanity after 5,000 years of hierarchical, dualistic belief systems and social institutions based on them. The modern “pair-o’-dime” is shown heading toward its logical end-point, swept along with the natural world (symbolised by melting ice floes and endangered penguins) which humanity has so carelessly despoiled.