Statement

The Promise of Tomorrow
 
“The Promise of Tomorrow“ exhibition features three series of works: “Drone Legislation”, “Flood” and “Man Carrying a Cross”. An alternate title might be “Land, Air and Sea” as each grouping of works coincidentally has a reference point in one of those three realms. Together this show then has an all-encompassing perspective that looks towards the future. A future that increasingly finds us dependent on devices, which in turn are directed by a hidden language and code that we cannot “see”. “The Promise of Tomorrow“ pictures those letters, numbers, words and sentences within configurations of paintings, linked together as containers, each one holding a visually proportionate piece of the greater mass. All the works are text based, some on paper and some on linen, with two of the groupings engaging more directly with elements of the Christian faith.
 
The “Drone Legislation” series though not specifically referencing religion, is an offshoot of earlier work that relates aerial technology to heavenly spiritual forces. The text was sourced from state legislation passed, starting in 2013, regarding regulatory policies that different states have applied to commercial sUAS (drone) operation. Each grouping of “Drone Legislation” drawings is painted using red gouache and contains the complete legislative language of that particular state’s law. Within the transcription of the rendered language is circled out, in word search fashion, intuitively discovered words like: Orwell, Orgy, Last Supper and Mewl, giving the dry text a saucy and suggestive undertone.
 
The “Flood” drawings are an accumulative transcription of a 30,000 word online comment stream, painted in gouache, each drawing representing only a piece of the whole, requiring 320 drawings in all to complete the piece. Within the rendered transcription, a whole section of the bible, starting with the story of Noah, through the tower of Babel and on into the story of Abraham, is circled out in word search fashion. The sourced comment stream follows a news article that reports on the sad reality regarding the vanishing of the traditional culture of the Moken Sea Nomads of Thailand/Myanmar. Both texts anguish over the fate of humanity and consequently both texts include words like “destruction” and “earth”
 
“Man Carrying a Cross” is the newest piece in the show and is being shown for the first time here. It consists of 72 small two-sided interactive canvases arranged in the form of a cross. Each canvas has a URL (web address) painted on it, which references an image found on the Internet, of a man carrying a cross. Here we represent the land based part of the exhibit in a work of art that is an extension of the artist’s own experience of witnessing a man shouldering a large wooden cross fitted with rear wheels, passing through the byways of his small town. This act is a recent cultural phenomenon, which has been repeated by many, everywhere and in very similar fashion: the cross has rear wheels; the trekker wears a day-glo vest, sunglasses, backpack and running shoes. Viewing the physical paintings in the show, one is invited to interact with each canvas by opening it like a book to read biblical text on its reverse and see schematically painted “pieces of the cross” mounted to the wall behind each canvas. At the same time, as paintings, they can’t be viewed or understood alone, rather one must look away and consult a technological device in order to “see” the image that the code references.
 
Kenny Cole
October 2016
 

"Man Carrying a Cross"
2016
"Man Carrying a Cross"
2016
"Man Carrying a Cross"
2016
"Man Carrying a Cross"
2016
"Man Carrying a Cross"
2016
"Man Carrying a Cross"
2016
"Man Carrying a Cross"
2016
Acrylic on canvas
BUY
$500.00 each canvas
3.5" x 16" (each canvas)
Text on reverse of canvas:
GtJ7fE "all that I feared has come"
rkcBS2 "if he passes by"
EDPnWj "give me a straight path"
rGbMvU "see how strong he is"
"Man Carrying a Cross"
2016
Acrylic on canvas
BUY
$500.00 each canvas
3.5" x 16" (each canvas)
Text on reverse of canvas:
DVFnal "an apparition Loomed"
vRRGgn "I chafe in torment"
WOyJG "a wind brushed my face"
YE4lr1 "you meet disaster"
"Man Carrying a Cross"
2016
Acrylic on canvas
BUY
$500.00 each canvas
3.5" x 16" (each canvas)
Text on reverse of canvas:
3y8qv4 "put strength into weak knees"
gtgNnt "a fool uprooted"
qTBjJX "no rest"
Foz5TJ "winding hither and thither"
"Man Carrying a Cross"
2016
Acrylic on canvas
BUY
$500.00 each canvas
3.5" x 16" (each canvas)
Text on reverse of canvas:
fk88m1 "he moves on his way"
0rZmX3 "he passes by me"
Gq4BTM "the path the miscreant treads"
dh8OdV "who can bring him back"
"Man Carrying a Cross"
2016
Acrylic on canvas
BUY
$500.00 each canvas
3.5" x 16" (each canvas)
Text on reverse of canvas:
kPTL0H
OWUC1o "my feet have not faltered"
lgmupl "he never returns home"
QqOhY5 "and leaves them wandering"
"Man Carrying a Cross"
2016
Acrylic on canvas
BUY
$500.00 each canvas
3.5" x 16" (each canvas)
Text on reverse of canvas:
td5lfs "brought forth before the hills"
EN7dRX "who can turn him back"
DNdHY4 "he leads peoples astray"
GMQYzc "he passes by me"
"Man Carrying a Cross"
2016
Acrylic on canvas
BUY
$500.00 each canvas
3.5" x 16" (each canvas)
Text on reverse of canvas:
pxlpBg "and he disappears"
e9FqMM "and where is he?"
2LYK0k "he has come forward"
QszTBc "he devours the ground"
"Man Carrying a Cross"
2016
Acrylic on canvas
BUY
$500.00 each canvas
3.5" x 16" (each canvas)
Text on reverse of canvas:
1BG0FZ "on its homeward path"
4HZPfW "before I take the road"
FlPl1r "keep secret his passing"
Dm4oKK "the righteous man maintains his course"
"Man Carrying a Cross"
2016
Acrylic on canvas
BUY
$500.00 each canvas
3.5" x 16" (each canvas)
Text on reverse of canvas:
4QAley "they run into darkness"
eQJ0rV "do not linger in the paths"
5HMK1Z "the course of the wicked"
6Qb6gx "as he walks to and fro"
TYy2yu "and conveyed to safety"
FZTj11 "and I am gone"
"Man Carrying a Cross"
2016
Acrylic on canvas
BUY
$500.00 each canvas
3.5" x 16" (each canvas)
Text on reverse of canvas:
dwUw8k "to share his journeys"
8wSSbQ "I walked through the darkness"
0LmJbZ "as they travel round"
DDXdW9 "steered by his guiding hand"
"Man Carrying a Cross"
2016
Acrylic on canvas
BUY
$500.00 each canvas
3.5" x 16" (each canvas)
Text on reverse of canvas:
uw1Dhg "who has prescribed his course"
G3H7B3 "be thou my guide"
AjH64d "I have followed his way"
1AlQze "and he is gone
"Man Carrying a Cross"
2016
Acrylic on canvas
BUY
$500.00 each canvas
3.5" x 16" (each canvas)
Text on reverse of canvas:
ft6iIl"walk through a valley"
ZfQ4Xp "wander blindly, hedged in"
8cvyD6 "and he sees every step"
bGZ0d3 "I have overstepped"
"Man Carrying a Cross"
2016
Acrylic on canvas
BUY
$500.00 each canvas
3.5" x 16" (each canvas)
Text on reverse of canvas:
H8E4mn "he has hedged in the road"
hQ3nFj "and light will shine on your path"
QJ4r6Y "and banished from the land"
idQtra "death's terrors escort him"
ITM1lm "and a trap in the path"
HfUet0 "and steps through the hurdle"
"Man Carrying a Cross"
2016
Acrylic on canvas
BUY
$500.00 each canvas
3.5" x 16" (each canvas)
Text on reverse of canvas:
n4QkFt "his heel is caught in a snare"
AB3Rlp "he rushes headlong"
UVp7dQ "nor can they descend with me"
PsZZtp "thou dost count every step"
KpxW8P "wander like a drunkard"
"Man Carrying a Cross"
2016
Acrylic on canvas
BUY
$500.00 each canvas
3.5" x 16" (each canvas)
Text on reverse of canvas:
21EoXn "he is driven from light"
YbW1w7 "he has walled in"
nNw96R "swifter than a runner"
2hUIxH "turn and look at me"
8JLcmb "look at my plight"
wK2vKa "all the world escorts him"
"Man Carrying a Cross"
2016
Acrylic on canvas
BUY
$500.00 each canvas
3.5" x 16" (each canvas)
Text on reverse of canvas:
F5dntz "he has fixed the horizon"
swVZU2 "my feet have kept to the path"
PmB1HV "he leaves a shining trail"
Vk5eyh "my path flowed with milk"
X4Y6XD "why should a man be born to"