"100 years ago in Zürich, where I made these paintings, a group of artists calling themselves Dadaists commenced an act of artistic revolt against the tide of hatred and violence that culminated in the great war.
My latest paintings come a year after 2016's so called Summer of Hate, and a 100 years on from the Great War. For many, circumstances have not improved. For the majority of westerners such as I, privileged with food, shelter and (relative) security, the echoes of savage violence from certain corners of the world are a troubling, uncomfortable bleep on our radars. Through the abstract languages of colour and form, I am striving in my work and in my mind to traverse the space that lies between these disparate realities.
The title of this show is an ode to the late, great Leonard Cohen and an appropriation of his final album title, released in October 2016 – 19 days before his death; a sombre, poetic album on the fragility of the human condition, which seems pertinent today and functioned as a source of inspiration while I was working on this series."
Brett Weir, Zurich, July 2017