Man is the bridge between the apes and the supermen, a laughing stock
Daryl Wallers solo exhibition and performance at Goldfish, one of the most complex seen in Cornwall for some time, questions freedom - and the mores of contemporary society
There are two fundamental elements to remember when visiting Goldfish this month. One is to bear in mind, to many people the world is an alien place, a place were people are cruel or indifferent, and two is that every so often an artist appears who defies simple classification. Daryl Waller is one such artist. Known partly as his alter ego, Swiftie, a graffiti artist. Daryl Waller on the other hand creates spontaneous illustrations, sculpted works videos and animated pieces as well as painting and drawings. An acute and slyly witty observer of the human condition, his work truthfully reflects his own life.
Daryl is a complex bundle of different perceptions and contradictions which succeed each other with an inconceivable rapidity and are in perpetual flux and movement. His catalogue bibliography reads like one at the end of a philosophy dissertation, with references ranging from Spike Milligan to the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche.
During this exhibition, as well as having work displayed, Daryl is seated in a cage dressed as an ape man and he will produce paintings in response to visitor?s ideas. This will be available to view on webcam at www.goldfishfineart.co.uk
Arguably, Daryl is very much a visual philosopher, his work does not always take the form of a conventional art object. He works out his ideas in whatever materials and form he feels most appropriate, be it performance, video or even simply a written statement. For instance, sometimes, Daryls two crosses represent couples, propped up against walls as if in conversation and his images of bones reflect their significance to him as supporting the beginning, middle and end of life and, or being used as a weapon.
Other themes found in Daryl?s work are entrapment and freedom. The concept of a cage is paradoxical, as it can be safe haven, preserving a rare species, keeping out predators as well as a prison. Daryl?s ideas about freedom are equally complex, believing to be the hunter or the hunted allows a certain freedom - either to hunt or flee.
What Id like, says Daryl, is for people to take a step back and think about art and why its being produced.