Move over resting bitch face, there’s a new player in town.
Artist Andrew Fairclough is an illustrator, designer and art director based in Sydney, Australia. His works have captured the attention of art connoisseurs because of one unique, recurring and haunting theme – the “tech-dead gaze.”
Fairclough’s works mirror what is happening in our information overloaded world. We are constantly fed information through various platforms, that we sometimes become catatonic, as if we we’ve had an information overload-induced coma.
Fairclough’s recent art exhibit titled “Total Control,” held from March 31 to April 11 at the China Heights Gallery in Surry Hills in Sydney, showcased the artist’s artworks which explore the themes of introspection and impulse control.
Fairclough uses different media artworks on wood panel. His works look like a product of pop art and surrealism, as if Salvador Dalí and Roy Liechtenstein had kids. His works are inspired by dystopian fiction, mid-century illustrations and comics, something millennials can easily relate to.
When one looks at his works, one cannot help but think about their meaning, and what message the artist wants to convey. One cannot look at his works and simply say, “Oh that’s nice.” One needs to do a double take and ask oneself, “What could that possibly mean?”
Fairclough has given a face to the dilemma in which we find ourselves. His works seem to represent a real-life dystopia that we now live in – a world inundated with information, useful and otherwise. His illustrations feature mainly the head, perhaps because it houses the eyes and ears which transmit information to the brain, which processes all the data it receives.
Perhaps Fairclough wants to tell us to focus and filter the kind of information we should allow ourselves to absorb. Perhaps he’s saying that we should rid ourselves of technology-induced distractions. Perhaps it is time to to tech-purge.
By: Katy Concepcion-Wiggins
Photo credit: Kindred Studio