|Charley Peters, DS329-1/DS9-5 (2011), Hazard Tape on Canvas|
“A revolutionary action within culture cannot have as its aim to be the expression or analysis of life; it must aim at life’s expansion. Misery must be pushed back everywhere.”
Available on TBC Artists' Collective's online project space is Issue 8 of 12-Pages, a publication of contemporary drawing. July's issue, Altered States, edited by TBC member Laura Davidson, asked contributors to consider art as a catalyst for change. It was important that these ideas were considered in the widest possible sense, to bring a sense of plurality to a changed state. As we know too well, the drive for a reformed state in Europe post WW1 lead to in Germany, Italy and Spain the spectre of Fascism and in the East of Europe the steel face of Communism. Such extremes of belief today seem less significant in the age of Web 2.0, where multiple states of exchange between individuals can seemingly co-exist. As 12-pages’ editorial remit is to create a discourse around contemporary drawing practice and its definition, the featured outcomes additionally challenge the ‘drawing’ in some way.
For Altered States, I submitted the work DS329-1/DS9-5, a drawing made by stretching hazard warning tape over a canvas. The title refers to the pantone references of the yellow and black of the tape, colours synonymous with danger, emergency or violent criminal activity. Altered States editor Laura Davidson wrote about the work, 'Removed from its original signifying concept the tape has been used to make marks, instead of warning of imminent danger. This removal of signifier through drawing practice gives an engaged process based response.'
Altered States can be seen at: http://www.12-pages.com/2011/07/altered-states.html