Glitch: The Artist’s Perspective

 

Glitch: The Artist’s Perspective
The Longley Park College exhibition ‘Glitch’ (now drawing to a close in our gallery space) showcased young local artists and offered a snapshot of 21st Century life through the eyes of a new generation of creatives.
We talked to Jack David Hinson about the inspiration for his untitled artwork which combined video documentation with elements of urban street art. The piece specifically looks at the growing issue of plastic pollution in the oceans.
“Street art is a temporary thing,” Said Jack, “by its very nature it comes and goes and I liked the contrast of that transient element with the permanency of the plastic that makes its way into the sea.”
The piece takes inspiration from street artists such as Shepard Fairey – well known for his iconic OBEY brand – and Japanese artists.
“I wanted elements of illustration to come together with street art – particularly the rebelliousness of graffiti.
“Street art has always been political; it has consistently turned the lens on current affairs from racism, to gender, to the environment. So, in one sense I’m just a part of that tradition. You could even say it’s nothing new but – what is different – is the way I build up to the final image.
“Just as street art exists in a constant flow of new images and is often covered up by layer after layer of fresh art, so it is with this piece. The video shows the process.”
On the video we see the work from start to finish as designs and images are created only to be covered up by fresh additions much like images on a subway wall or the constant tide of the sea. Many of these early images are not visible in the completed piece but they exist within the artwork like imbedded components representing, says Jack, “the episodes from his life so far that have shaped him.”

And, at the focal point of the piece, we see Jack himself – confidently in control, looking and moving forwards. (He wants to go to Hallam University.)
“Art is important, “Jack continued, “on a social level and on a personal level for understanding the events that make you who you are. You progress and every day you move forwards.”
And, as if representing that motion, in the left hand corner of the piece Jack has incorporated the Taki183 tag which is widely credited with being at the very beginning of the international explosion of street art in the 70’s.
“That tag started something huge that went on to have a life of its own although the original examples of it now are buried under years of fresh graffiti. Just like the slow leak of toxins into our seas it proved impossible to get rid of. I liked the contrast of the positive march of art against the negative, toxic one of pollution.”
And finally we asked Jack: Which 5 hashtags best describe the work?
#rebellion #habitat #streetart #graffiti #political