Five minutes with Jackson Farley- Stencil Artist
Jackson is an emerging artist hailing from Bondi who specializes in stencil art.
In amongst prepping for his exhibition this Thursday December 6th at Eastudio Pop- Up Gallery, we pinned Jackson down for a quick catch up to discuss how he developed his bold statement style and how death, renewal and spirituality became the major themes in his body or work.
Can you run us through the works you will be exhibiting?
Ill be exhibiting four works:
This work is the main piece for my visual art HSC body of work at school. It was inspired by the Buddhist deity known as a Dharmapala, which is often depicted as wearing a crown of six skulls. They are the ‘wrathful protectors of Buddhism’ and at first glance seem to be evil, when in fact they serve and protect Buddhists and the Dharma. Overall, the concept of it was to give good vibes to where ever it was placed.
Hindi Girls is an exploration of traditional spiritualty in a modern context. I saw a powerful image of a young Hindi girl dressed in traditional clothing who was begging along the Ganges River and based the piece on this. I saw this distorted sense of tradition and spirituality as a means of surviving as disturbing and aimed to distort it further. This was achieved through mirroring the design to create a girl with 2 heads. The contrast of the bright typical Krishna colours with the stark snow-white background works at both an aesthetic and conceptual level. Aesthetic in that it creates a three-dimensional aspect to the girls allowing them to almost pop up off the wall, conceptual in that it rightfully places the “girls” back into an almost divine context while also commenting on death and renewal.
I WALK THE LINE
A few months ago I was on the bus heading back to Bondi and two Buddhist Monks, both in their traditional robes, hopped on. One was wearing Wayfarers and the other was listening to an Ipod. This mix of new with the old is what inspired me to create ‘I Walk The Line’. I felt that in order to capture this I had to drain away the typical bright orange of the robes and keep it black and white, which could be seen as a comment of the changing role of traditional religion in a modern society. However, this piece was not meant to ridicule the monks themselves but rather the society in which they live. This was achieved by using the most commercial and distinctive colour I could picture, Tiffany’s Blue. The monks almost walk over this colour, which was aimed to marry the two and question what was really important. While the blue is bright, the monks still dominate. Therefore, their role in my eyes, as monks are timeless and will outlast any form of corporation.
Geisha Girls is an exploration of the juxtaposition of ancient ritual in modern society. It was inspired from when I was in Tokyo and saw a Geisha in Starbucks in the heart of Tokyo's shopping and entertainment district, the Ginza. I found this marriage between the new and the old humorous, so to comment on this further; I gave one of them a digital camera. The work is composed to act as a window into another world where the viewer can create their own scenario of what the girls are obviously so moved and taken back by.
What was the underlying inspiration behind this body of work?
Ancient Asian culture has always been a massive influence on me, especially the spiritual/religious aspect of it. How it fits into a modern context is what my work is about. I’m mostly inspired by everyday experiences, the stuff I see on the bus or in the city. But I like to parody them by distorting my experiences, which results in a girl with two heads or a traditional geisha with a camera.
Describe your signature in a sentence?
Old vs. new, profane vs. divine
How do you see your art evolving?
I’m going to study at Sydney College of the Arts next year, so I want to get a formal training in painting and drawing. Street art and street art techniques are still a massive passion for me, so I want to combine both these practices and techniques to create something cool.
Where can we see more of your work?
There are examples of the work on my tumblr. www.el-lo-bo.tumblr.com
Jackson Farley is exhibiting as part of a group show this Thursday 6th of December 6 pm at the Eastudio Pop- Up Gallery above The Beach Road Hotel Bondi Beach.
By Maria Maung