The Future Leaks Out is the artist’s most ambitious work to date.
Inspired by the cut-up technique developed by the Dadaists and Surrealists and later popularised by William Burroughs, it is comprised of 85 solid wooden blocks in four different lengths. These are displayed in a wooden cabinet containing 17 rows of five blocks each. Every block is hand painted in acrylic gouache and features a word on each face.
Careful consideration was given to the selection of words, which, like much of the artist’s work, allude to a fairly misanthropic, dystopian world-view. This establishes a striking contrast between the subject matter and a material form that is synonymous with childhood creativity and exploration.
Describing the ‘cut-up’ technique he employed in many of his novels, William Burroughs stated that ‘when you cut into the present, the future leaks out.’ This surrealist process of deconstructing a text by cutting up and rearranging words and phrases is a subversion of semantics that creates new meanings, based on intuition and free creative flow.
Inspired by this approach, Oddly Head has created an eye-popping, interactive artwork that can make a poet or political sloganeer of us all.
Series: Unique within a series
Signature: Signed by the artist
About Oddly Head
British, based in London, United Kingdom