Self-conscious Kev and other friends
27th February – 23rd March 2019
Kev is a little bit lost so he invited his mates around to discuss how archaic notions of the masculine have permeated into the contemporary and whether the power structures associated with patriarchal histories and hierarchies are in fact holding men back from a deep new discovery of masculinity that is fit for the future…
Nah!!!!!!!! He is actually completely oblivious to it all. Kev’s a dickhead. He can’t help it – he has been engrained to be like this. He thinks the Patriarchy is his best mate, but it’s actually his biggest foe. Since birth he has been told to suppress all feeling and focus only on what our hyper masculine society seeks – power and control. Kevo and his mates are actually terrified! Not because of the inevitable gender power shift (couldn’t come sooner) but because someone might find out that they actually feel *eemootiiioonnn*. What a bunch of bloody sissies! Maybe if the Kevs, Gregs, Damos n’ Darrens of the world stood up for themselves and didn’t have the emotional intelligence of a carrot they could in fact be…… happy?
While ‘Self-Concious Kev and other friends’ is ultimately a critique of all things macho it does offer some hope – a light at the end of the tunnel so to speak! The ‘Gimp Alliance League of Pluralistic and Open Masculinity’ (GALPOM) offers a solution to Kevs woes! Sacrifice autonomy! Sacrifice privilege! Sacrifice power! Get off on getting told what to do! Get off your podium and get gimp! This is clearly the only reasonable and logical way masculinity can survive into the future.*
*At least, until we dismantle the system of patriarchal oppression and build a new generation of gimp suit free, non-dickheads who are emotionally stable, more inclusive and less sad all the time.
Jackson Farley is a multi-disciplinary early career artist. He completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts (First Class Honours) at the Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney in 2017 and received the Dean’s Award for Print-media and Drawing. He was a finalist in The Blake Prize, 2018 and a finalist in Hatched - National Graduate Show, 2018.
In 2016 he studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, USA and he completed a residency with the Chengdu Academy of Art in Sichuan, China in 2017. He creates figurative, arresting images where stark reality intermingles with the divine.
With a particular focus on old notions of masculinity in the contemporary, Farley explores phallocentric histories and notions of ‘genius art’. His works juxtapose classical iconography with crude cartoon characteristics and bold pops of colour.
Jackson Farley - Sydney Contemporary Art Fair 2018