ABOUT WEBSITE: The Green Lights is an annual exhibition hosted by the graduating fine art students of Minerva Art Academy. It serves not only as an assessment during which the students aim to get their ‘green light’ to graduate, but as an opportunity to independently create a public exhibition. Faced with the challenge of bringing together 55 unique practices, we’ve based this year’s Green Lights around the Art Spectrum, a compass navigating different positions, approaches and cultures within the fine arts. Where do we stand? What does it stand for? These are the questions we raise rather than answer as we try to materialise the complex and diverse ecosystem of the art culture.
ABOUT THE ART COMPASS: The Art Compass is based on the well know political compass, as it provides four extreme artistic positions as the boarders of the fluid space in between. On the horizontal axis the attitude of the artist toward their practice is defined as between craft and concept. These two well known and often scrutinised labels have in this case a more suggestive nature, indicating whether the concept, idea, message is prioritised over the technique, medium, skill or vice versa. The vertical axis defines the position of the artist towards the art world. From the white cube, gallery culture and the art market making up the inside, to alternative non-art spaces and practices challenging the boarders of art from the outside, the artists occupy positions based on how much they conform to or rebel towards the established art institution.
The interaction of the axis creates four areas - inside concept, outside concept, outside craft and inside craft - each representing an artistic subculture in which specific values, opinions, movements and artworks exist.
Although seemingly opposite, the two directions of each axis are more often than not intertwined, and so the artist might assume different positions along the axis at different times, in relation to different works, or they might assume a wide area of the spectrum within which their practice exists.
MAX PENDER - YOUR CONFIDENCE MAY BE SHATTERED BUT IT DOESNT MATTER
MAX PENDER - HOME ALONE
MAX PENDER - TAKE ME TO THE RIVER AND DROWN ME IN THAT SHIT
MAX PENDER - LETHAL WEAPON
MAX PENDER - THE SIMPLER THE BETTER; THE EASIER IT IS TO HOLD YOU WHERE I WANT YOU
MAX PENDER - GORDON RAMSAY'S DAY OFF
These works refer to a social ‘sickness’ which is, in part, a reaction to technological progress. On one hand, these advancements contribute to a stronger and smarter society, but generally we do not consider the negative consequences in what we are replacing as we continually implement the next best thing.
Focusing on identity and its portrayal through mass media, my work explores the role of branding, as well as our susceptibility to being taken advantage of in an ever-growing globalised world of advertising and round-the-clock news. My working process resonates with a world where wading through vast quantities of information on digital screens has come to define normality, in turn, influencing our everyday desires. I aim to reflect this confused state of all-knowing yet knowing nothing paradox present within the millennial generation through manipulations of colour, form, and context.