Not Quite a Manifesto......


The meaning of artworks came to the forefront of my work during a recent research project into how contemporary artists address the form of the Monument today. My starting point is that in classical terms, the monument is 'public art with a political message'.

Historically the monument has always instigated or commissioned by what we know as 'The Establishment' - those with authority over us, the people. They could be nationalistic, jingoistic, sycophantic or even religious but they have a message.

In the course of my research I have written about a recent move to contemporise the monument, to take it from the Establishment for our own use and to present to those with curiosity, existential questions an artist has chosen to raise. I call these Neo-Monuments and to me they are often 'monuments of dissent'.


They need not stand for a thousand years; it may be only an afternoon [but then maybe, an infinite time on the Internet]. They don't have to be stone or bronze, they could even be found objects like the artist, Jeremy Deller's bombed car from Baghdad or some of the eco-art of Tue Greenfort, even projections like those  of Krzysztof Wodiczko.


I think this is worthy art and to this end, I hope my recent artwork has moved in this direction.