Aberystwyth poster

“Consignment is an ongoing multi-media project comprising paintings, prints and film. The work developed from an initial theme of escapology into a meditation on the contemporary social environment. The composition of the figure physically enclosed within the confines of the frame, was chosen for its universality; it suggests simultaneously both cell and refuge or hiding place. It is employed here as a visual metaphor for the individual as the object of: 

1 political oppression; the suspension of human liberties and the enforced submission of the individual.
2 human trafficking. The high risk strategies employed in acts of global transmigration, either voluntary or coerced, place people in situations of extreme endurance; conditions into which they are willing to place themselves and/or others, in the vain hope of improving their economic circumstances.

Nothing dates quite so badly as overtly political painting. The moment passes, the target moves on and the artwork is rendered redundant. Polemical, didactic art by definition reveals its content immediately, leaving nothing to revisit. The “Smoke and Mirrors” project had had a socio-political content which alluded to both governmental sleight of hand, and social and biological engineering. But this was subtext; if people associated the deceits and hubris of “Horus the Magician” with a Cheyney or a Blair, they wouldn’t be too far from the mark, but the paintings could be viewed and appreciated without this connection being made.

A sense of anonymity is integral to the ambience of this project; lighting was arranged to cast shadows which would obscure evidence of individuality. 
An already anonymous figure is further demoted to the level of mere human commodity through the use of a wholly dispassionate titling system. Each ‘unit’ [ or artwork] belongs to a particular ‘batch’ [or set of paintings], identified by shared dimensions, and made ready for shipping on a particular date [the completion date of that set]. The whole total of ‘units’ produced becomes the “Consignment” . 

The paintings and prints are all square in format, with dimensions ranging from 10cm to 92cm, and have all been painted and designed to hang any way up.
The short film: “Consignment”, accompanies the exhibition and has a running time of about 5 minutes. “

                                                                                                                        Glenn Ibbitson,   September 20

Glenn Ibbitson  B5
Batch 5 unit1

Glenn Ibbitson human traffic
Batch 11 unit 5

Glenn Ibbitson Guantanamo Bay
Batch 11 unit 6

Glenn Ibbitson human rights
Batch 28 unit2

Glenn Ibbitson painting
Batch 28 unit 5

Glenn Ibbitson confinement
Batch 31 unit 1

Glenn Ibbitson Lavin Agency
Batch31 unit 5

Lavin Agency Glenn Ibbitson
Batch 34 unit 1

Glenn Ibbitson Lavin
Batch 34 unit 5

Glenn Ibbitson  Welsh art
Batch 16 unit 1

Glenn Ibbitson  trafficking
Batch 24 unit 2

Glenn Ibbitson the Lavin Agency
Batch 35 unit 1

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Consignment catalogue
80 pages  full colour  hardback or softcover
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