We ask Google more and more questions everyday. It has replaced philosophy and religion as the place to ask things, questions that are answered for us but also by us. Google collects and collates images and information and lets us accesses it through words and questions and recently images. The information held there is based on collective knowledge as opposed to a book which usually only has one author. But how do we know that the information we are receiving is right or not?
I am interested in various counter cultures from Hippies, Goths, Satanists, to Magick and Spiritualism. I’m not sure why some these movements still resonate with me? History seems to feel more condensed as times, ideas, movements and styles begin to blur together. Is it because we haven’t had anything comparable in very recent times?
Or is it that we now have much more information available to us via the Internet? Now I can read a rare book by Aleister Crowley and at the same time keep up to date with Lindsay Lohan’s latest hi-jinx, there is no obvious point to where these two people would meet as they exist in different times but the internet allows us to see what happens when they do.
My work recently uses various media for creation, which is turned into either digital prints, video or sound works. Material is mainly collected from the Internet, screen-grabs, jpegs, eBay, mp3 and mp4 files are all use as material along with traditional research through books and searching for objects. The slippage involved in processing these images and files is part of the process, cropped and reworked; mp3 and mp4 files are chopped and corrupted removing them further from their original meaning allowing them to become part of my own world.
Jonathan Mayhew born in Dublin 1981. Received an MFA and a BA in Fine Art from the National College of Art & Design 2007, 2005 respectively. He has exhibited in Europe and across Ireland. From 2007-2008 he ran One Gallery in Dublin and between 2008-2009 he was an advisor to Monster Truck Gallery. His practice engages with ideas about consumer and media society, sub cultures and various other forms that exist on the edges of society. He has shown through out Ireland and Europe and is in many private and public collections.
2013 Two man show, 2nd March – 28th march, Ballina Arts Centre,
2012 ‘Socio-Fi 2 (Fail)’, Dublin, date TBA,
2012 ‘Yet to be Titled’, 8th-15th Oct, The Drawing Project, Dún Laoghaire