Jason Wegger 'Inescapable Social Destiny' 2017 graphite on paper 56x76cm (detail)
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Jason Wegger - Menace Ruin

28 March - 29 April 2017

The Jim Traynor Feature Wall

Emerging artist Jason Wegger’s latest exhibition Menace Ruin seeks to address institutional power and its ever-encroaching control on everyday living. This power driven machine is presented as anti-human and obsolete in a post-digital world. Wegger’s series of detailed drawings see large, lifeless monuments of cold, grey concrete and protruding rusted steel, standing menacingly but collapsing from within. Archaic and aggressively resistant to it’s own inevitable demise, Wegger draws attention to how the wheels of this machine must keep turning steadily, off the backs of obedient servants - they cannot turn untended.

Artist Statement

The world seems so chaotic these days. War, terrorism, power mad celebrity presidents and state sanctioned discrimination. Governments worldwide are waging war against their citizens. But has it not always been this way? Now though, they just seem to want more and more from us. We are born into this war and only get out when we die. They use their corrupt power to keep us in line, as they destroy the planet and expect us to live with the consequences. Correcting this broken system seems so overwhelming – where do we even start when our continued participation offers comfort and safety in return for obedience?

Menace Ruin addresses institutional power and its ever-encroaching control over our lives presenting it as anti-human and obsolete in our post-digital world. Archaic and aggressively resistant to its own inevitable demise. In each drawing large, lifeless monuments of cold, grey concrete and protruding rusted steel stand menacingly within a lifetime – collapsing from within; like the empire created societal machinations they each represent, or perhaps our spirits. The wheels of the machine must keep turning steadily, off the backs of obedient men, but they cannot turn untended.

 Menace Ruin asks you to take back control of your life.