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: Bio
Jackson Farley is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Sydney, Australia. With a particular focus on outmoded notions of masculinity in the contemporary, he explores phallocentric histories and 'genius art'. Through anecdotes and bad jokes, Jackson's work explores archaic perceptions of the masculine and its now hopeful demise.
Blending collage, drawing, video, textile and print, the artist's aim is to critique hierarchies and histories associated with manhood, while simultaneously appealing to its toxic, or degenerative side through crude dick jokes and 'hectic dance bangers'. While the works are a critique of hyper-masculinity, they are intended to open up dialogues with the perpetrators themselves. Ultimately, the aim is to show men that there is a more pluralistic approach to masculinity that can break away from notions of the 'genius' and allow for a revision of what it means to be a man.
Jackson completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts with First Class Honours at the Sydney College of the Arts in 2017 and was awarded the University Awards for Drawing and Printmedia. He has also studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, USA and was awarded the China Cultural Centre residency in Chengdu, China in 2017. In 2019, he was selected as a finalist in the Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Artists Travel Scholarship Exhibition and in 2018, was selected for the Blake Prize, The Churchie and for Hatched.
Jackson Farley: CV October, 2020
Two person exhibitions
Awards and achievements
Reviews and publicity
‘Cuts Above the Rest’, Katrina Lobley. National Print and Online for Fairfax Media Network in Saturday Spectrum section: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/cuts-above-the-rest-20130227-2f6wf
‘Five Minutes With Jackson Farley’ by Maria Maung. National Online for Backyard Opera.
‘Jackson’s Street Savvy Art’ by Zilka Grogan. Local Print circulation with Wentworth Courier.