‘Arch:Angels’, solo exhibition, SF.
August 17 – September 07, 2013
WhiteWalls Gallery, 886 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
Arch:Angels is part exploration, part celebration and part personal release about the roles of both individual and the state in the currently uncertain social climate and economy of both America & Australia. This new body of work, produced during Meggs’ (currently un-official) relocation from his home-town of Melbourne (Australia) to the West Coast of America, continues his exploration and fascination with the role of super powers, heroes and duality.
“During the time of creating this work I have been dealing with a lot of questions about place relocation, the pros vs cons and the inevitable issues that one faces whilst dealing with beauracracy like Immigration. It raises questions of borders, security and place in general, having to consider when change is necessary and where this change might lead you. It’s an interesting time in social trend where both American & Australian policy and politics and border security is under crises and scrutiny. Interestingly its also a time when pop-culture fascination with the role of heroes, particularly that of classic comic book super heroes is on the rise. Citizenship and security is designed to protect us, but at what point is that too inhibitive of our creative freedom and experiences.”
Part reference to fictional mythological and pop-culture heroism, part reference to current social climate, Arch:Angels implies an ideological fall from grace and looming worldwide shifts of power & state. The idea of the hero, especially the inner torment they face, has always been an underlying inspiration and theme in Meggs’ work. Along with exploring the ideals of traditional morals and gender roles in mythology and pop-culture. “This body of work is a very literal reaction for me to everything thats been on my mind these past few months and directly references my comic book influences and exploring identity issues.”
In Arch:Angels Meggs re-interprets, re-mixes and collages several of his favourite comic book frames and heroic characters, juxtaposing them with classically emotive gestures and iconic symbols such as circles, hands and roses. Both as a homage and nostalgic obsession to the archetypes and artwork which has inspired Meggs since Childhood, when his fascination with the role of masculinity and heroes began in the pages of Phantom comics, superhero cartoons and 1980′s sci-fi fiction. Creating a mixture of solid forms and painterly abstraction, iconic heros, depicted in moments of vulnerability or distress, Meggs creates dramatic composition, dynamic textures which imply both aggressive movement & passive emotion. A continual visual search for that dial balance in life of order vs chaos.