Night Shift is one of an on-going series of paintings of watchful, bored construction workers, drawn from observation whilst commuting or during a break on my night shifts as a labourer on construction sites. This series explores cultural ideas surrounding socially 'acceptable' and influential masculinities as theorised by R.W. Connell(Hegemonic Masculinity) My practise documents and deconstructs how these stereotypes are enforced and re-enforced through everyday interactions in predominately male groups, their ‘camaraderie’, 'brotherhood' and predatory or aggressive heteronormative (socially normalised heterosexual) behaviour.
The End Is Nightly continues my study of the various complex facets and rituals inherent to the Christian End-Times cult in which I was raised. The screaming chicken references the significance of birds as symbols of truth, sacrifice and spirituality in a biblical context and also draws on Joseph Cundall's The Wonderful Story of Henny Penny in which a chicken tirelessly warns his contemporaries of an impending doom. This work also represents a continuation of my interest in exploring ideas surrounding specific cultural and sectarian views on masculinity, in particular, exploring the ways that patriarchal, isolationist doctrine and eschatological teachings correlate with broader cultural ideas regarding masculinity and in turn, how these both influenced my initial perceptions of gender, sexuality and the self. Ollie studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art and now lives and works in his studio in East london. You can see more of his work here: thereisnogodwin.com
You can see this exhibition here, on the website londonartsboard.blogspot.co.uk, on Facebook, or in person on the corner of Vestry Road and Peckham Road, Camberwell, London SE5