Idle Time in Last Resort
"Idle Time in Last Resort is a combination of hardcore abstract painting with extreme sports. It explores the seductive mechanisms of desire at work in colour field painting, in the context of a fetishism for sportswear, equipment, and a get-fit lifestyle. Idle Time in Last Resort and Faker are my first paintings with shaped canvases, something that has since developed to be a key part of my work.
These surfaces are dyed and bleached several times, creating deep recessive spaces that invite contemplation. This depth is interrupted by the frontal, flat camouflage graphic. Alongside the stock image mountain-scape backdrop, this sets up a conversation about our desires for adventure, experience, and meaning in the context of a heavily appropriated and mediated natural world."
- Ben Edmonds, Royal College of Art
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