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The Disasters of War

Gino Ballantyne


Gino Ballantyne “The Disasters of War”


Foreword Gino Ballantyne was educated at The Glasgow School of Art where he received a BA(Hons) in Fine Art. He conducted postgraduate studies at the University of the Arts, London where he received an MFA in Painting. Gino says of his work “It seems to me that art has become akin to studying Latin or Medieval manuscripts, and to paraphrase Margaret Atwood, [has become] “a long winded sentence with a lot of subordinate clauses” “pleasant to contemplate in its way, but no longer central to anything” Art is central to all I do and my work is about the human condition. The drawings in this catalogue engage with Goya’s concerns about our natural instinct for violence, hate and enjoyment at the misery and abasement of “others”. The drawings are my attempt to have a dialogue with Goya, and these forces, echoing his concerns and in doing so reflect on the folly of the human experience in the past, now, and potentially the future. How does technology enable this force? and What are the forces that drive the human spirit? are questions which inform the context of my work. Like a signal wave Technology facilitates this force with its digital medias continually being adapted by the forces of power. The digital machine constantly redefines our perceptions and reorientates our internal philosophies.” The forces of power adapting its message while promoting a message of choice and democracy. Is that message an illusion? a digital signal wave that implies truth and moral authority. This digital signal wave is The Industrialisation of our Consciousness. Ultimately, the human spirit will be orientated by our choices to be led or to lead. Margaret Atwood would say, “Watch out for the leaders and the led..... First the leaders and the led, then the tyrants and the slaves, then the massacres. That’s how its always gone. “


Forces Order, disorder – Chaos, Regime Choreographed Utopia Immediately. I dreamt, Searing intense visions. They flew. A figure stood in the doorway, Pointing, silently screaming. Acrid smoke burned the air. Outside was quiet. A richochet. Blasted. The window Came into view. Shadows ran across. Demons smouldered, laughed A cacophony of twisted screams, Whispered to the air. Nobody heard. Nobody cared. Electricity flared, hiss The rhyme. Blindfold and water forces Bridge the defences. Suffocating and drowning all.

Maleavalance New War Silently rages The Digital maleavalance Signal-wave Redefining Human consciousness Controlled by Machinery of the State Redefining philosophies Variant, mongrel Freedom an illusion A “bare life” existence Identified Powerless Lawfully excluded Concentrated Nietzsche’s Abyss A mirror image of death Cancerous Raging silently


The Pile Indian Ink on rough watercolour paper


Seize Indian Ink on rough watercolour paper


Forces Indian Ink on rough watercolour paper


Rescue Indian Ink on rough watercolour paper


Hold Indian Ink on rough watercolour paper


Crush Indian Ink on rough watercolour paper


Ignored Indian Ink on rough watercolour paper


Hooded Pile Indian Ink on rough watercolour paper


Alone Indian Ink on rough watercolour paper


What’s That Indian Ink on rough watercolour paper


Folly Indian Ink on rough watercolour paper


The Cross Indian Ink on rough watercolour paper


Chaos Indian Ink on rough watercolour paper


The Pose Indian Ink on rough watercolour paper


Another Indian Ink on rough watercolour paper


X Marks the Spot Indian Ink on rough watercolour paper


The Run Indian Ink on rough watercolour paper


Why? Indian Ink on rough watercolour paper


Dad Indian Ink on rough watercolour paper


Son Indian Ink on rough watercolour paper


The Others Indian Ink on rough watercolour paper


Again Indian Ink on rough watercolour paper


Trinity Indian Ink on rough watercolour paper


Seat Indian Ink on rough watercolour paper


Props Indian Ink on rough watercolour paper


hood Indian Ink on rough watercolour paper


Rock Indian Ink on rough watercolour paper


And Again Indian Ink on rough watercolour paper


Hidden Indian Ink on rough watercolour paper


The Hung Indian Ink on rough watercolour paper


Look at Him Indian Ink on rough watercolour paper


Embrace Indian Ink on rough watercolour paper


Left Indian Ink on rough watercolour paper


Another Hold Indian Ink on rough watercolour paper


Not Again Indian Ink on rough watercolour paper


When Will it Stop? Indian Ink on rough watercolour paper


Who Cares Indian Ink on rough watercolour paper


Isolated Indian Ink on rough watercolour paper


Help Us Indian Ink on rough watercolour paper


Tied Indian Ink on rough watercolour paper


Parade Indian Ink on rough watercolour paper


Daughter Indian Ink on rough watercolour paper


Heel Indian Ink on rough watercolour paper


Another Pile Indian Ink on rough watercolour paper


Mother Indian Ink on rough watercolour paper


Faded Indian Ink on rough watercolour paper


Hanging Indian Ink on rough watercolour paper


This catalogue was produced with the support of Deschamps Fine Art Publishers for UCMK Galleries Milton Keynes 2012



The Disasters of War