28.01.2014 – Radical Hedosnism

Rapidly taken notes from Erich Fromm’s To Have or to Be.

Two main premises of modern  western society

1) That the aim of life is happiness, that is, maximum pleasure, defined as the satisfaction of any desire or subjective need person may feel.

2) That egotism, selfishness and greed, as the system needs to generate them in order to function leads to harmony and peace.

Progress

Working on body of work to be shown at ART14  with Coates and Scarry .

Bringing together images of people taking pleasure in the darkness, indulging in animalistic behaviour with pagan overtones. Introducing the most basic symbols to compositional design. Opposing forces ( twelve wolves), Earth, Godhead.

 

A month of making unresolved experimental pieces has started to allow more clarity as my thoughts focus and a deadline approaches. A net that was cast wide for ingredients has narrowed and yet again i see the effects of time and a relationship with images as photographs taken, and looked at, for over 5 years finally answer a question that I had not even conceived of when they were taken.

Detail of untitled study, 2014 , Dean Melbourne, Oil and gloss on canvas.

Detail of untitled study, 2014 , Dean Melbourne, Oil and gloss on canvas.