“Frequent Moderate Violence” questions the social role of art as entertainment, juxtaposing the relationship between image and words, demonstrating how meaning changes when context shifts.
At first glance, the pop art paintings resemble cut and paste collages salvaged from advertising billboards. Not so, each painting is an epic reproduction of mass media messages. His meticulous process layers discarded low brow images from magazines, postcards, flyers and political campaigns onto canvas. He then paints between each layer, and continues the layering process with fragmented text. The finished product is a documentation of the transcience of contemporary life using low brow imagery in a high brow context.
Scottish artist, Charlie Anderson’s project “Frequent Moderate Violence” exhibits at Stolen Space until May 4th 2014.