Rowan Bazley (he/him)
My work is being the opposite of an influencer, I am influenced by all the people I see, and by the buildings I spend time in. I like to think of what I do as practicing bad signage.
I am interested in millennials, I feel that time moves very differently for them. I think about the certain type of calligraphy and décor they like at their weddings. I am interested in the idea that European settlers have been on a date with the planet and we have both decided that there was no chemistry, no spark, and in future we will be drifting apart. I like to think about style as well, how the vibe shift into decadence and sartorial messiness is indicative of an acceptance that these are the last years of humanity, and whatever comes next will be altogether unknowable. I think trend forecasters hold the secrets to what the end of the world will feel and look like.
A new artworld has to emerge soon where artists are no longer individuals, no longer geniuses, and masterpieces do not exist. I am trying to imagine what a Termite would do in an empty building, consuming the boundaries it creates for itself.
The aims of a Termite artist are to reject both tradition and modernity, not to look behind or ahead but to look down and pick up what has been left on the floor.
The works in this series can be described as thought spirals, as floorpaintings, as detritus or as proposals.
Give Me Some Guidance
I lovehate health and safety at work posters, fire action signage and any other notices which tell you what to do. They contain both useless and vitally important information and make up the background noise of every institution, they set the tone for how we think about care. What happens when we apply the same guidance from a health and safety law poster to the intricacies of global politics, heartbreak or climate apocalypse?
This proposal takes the form of notice boards, album covers and directional signage.