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Wayne Warren

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Wayne Warren dropping an object

2013-2014

With the Trophy series I want to continue to pursue the idea of questioning value – what is it we value and what are the conditions and implications of the effect of this? The Trophies are a collection of ‘unsanctioned’ objects which have been authorized as ‘art works’ – the mere act of being identified and allocated status transforms our perception of a (former) reality. Partially disguising a readily identifiable object similarly alters the way re regard it.

Wings have been a revered or hallowed icon for many cultures from the beginning of time. I want to draw on this history while also using the symbolic reference to question our notions of quality of life and our aspirations for the future.

2011-2012

The key concept underlying my work is questioning what it is that we value - are contemporary societies' values and behaviours driven by greed and mere consumerism? Are we spiritually defunct?

I see irony in my art practice - I use objects I have 'recycled' and purchased; I use gold spray paint and I create more 'detritus' to add to the already excessive waste.

The titles of my work such as Executive Excess, Golden Bricks, Nothing Matters, Woman's Needs - the curated exhibitions, including postEDEN, Tempting God and the essays written on my practice, in particular Moments of Lucidity, exemplify my involvement in these key concepts.

2009

I play with words and phrases - using them as points of departure. I enjoy experimenting with different materials and am driven by the desire to look for things inside other things. The work oscillates between figuration and abstraction effortlessly, whilst continuing to maintain a fresh quality and sense of humour.

My art is about questioning values and individual expression.