On Common Ground
... an exhibition of art by Lee Hoyland
16th August - 31st August 2013
Feature in The Star newspaper, Friday 23rd August - you can read the article here.
Vibrant and colourful, Hoyland’s work focuses on human relationships in a world struggling with a mismatch between technological and psychological development. Hoyland’s paintings invite us to consider our relations to each other in an age of vicariously experienced warfare and destruction, and ask whether our urges to destroy rather than create have pushed us past the tipping point of survival.
A few photos from Opening Night - Friday 16th August
On the environment ...
"Are we going to survive? Are we going to f**k this world up? Have we reached a tipping point? Can we the human species work together for all mankind or is greed going to kill us all? We're supposed to be intelligent but we have the power to wipe out all the species on this planet. We think we're God. Why do we have that power? I think we are meant to be creative and not destructive. This is what I'm trying to get across in my work."
On war ...
"War is just a rich man's game while it's silly b*ggers at the bottom do all the killing and fighting and they just sit back and reap the rewards. It's all linked, it's all just like destroying the planet and sucking it dry. Earth'll probably end up like Mars with hundred mile an hour sand storms. All for money. If there's no food to buy any more, what's the point in f**king having money?"
On whistle blowers ...
"What should you do just shut up all your life and say nothing about this sh*t? Like whistle blowers are classed as enemies of the state and all this because they're telling people that governments are going around killing people basically for the profit of big companies."
... on common ground