Alex Pollard

The Clairvoyance of Painting: Is Paint Ganymede Slime?

Taking the form of paintings and theory-fiction this practice-based inquiry explores a revised role for intuition in painting [i].
Playing with narrative devices borrowed from Philip K Dick I plan to utilise “fictioning” as a methodology to examine pre-cognitive intelligence within the practice of painting. I aim to examine “Myth-Science”[ii], the work of Rudolf Steiner on intuition and quotations from painters such as Philip Guston that examine the complex relationship between “intuitive” painting and the repetitious re-occurrence of mythic archetypes throughout history[iii].
Fictioning can function as a position “against the dominant reality”, allowing us to “imagine and image alternatives”[iv]. The human subconscious is now a political battleground owing to the role of big data companies. Algorithms woven into web 2.0 hi-jack our thoughts, desires, opinions and behavioural patterns and store them for capitalistic gain. My project intends to address the need for new images and narratives to be produced by artists that shift our consciousness away from this manipulation by examining the role of human intuition in a culture ruled by data metrics and predictive analysis. Fictioning in this context functions as a form of Accelerationism that imagines alternative visions of the future within the present, providing a much-needed reflection on the role of the painterly in digitalised times.

[i] I see it as building on my previous output as a painter where I have created fictions in order to explore pockets of history that had never occurred, such as Paleo Fauvism.

[ii] Myth-Science being the strategic collision of the residual, dominant and emergent parts of culture. Key practitioners commonly identified in this field would be Sun-Ra and Mike Kelley.

[iii] Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, New World Library; 3rd edition (23 April 2012)

[iv] Deleuze Against Control: Fictioning to Myth-Science, Simon O’Sullivan, Goldsmiths College, Theory, Culture, Society,2016