MOVING WINDOWS

 Billboards are a feature of most journeys in large cities.  They adorn stations, sprout from railway banks and cling to buildings.  And with their empty promises of an idyllic life they supply the fuel that drives desire and aspiration.  In response we squeeze into the compartments of buses, trains and taxis as we go to work, to earn the money, to pursue the dreams and escape from reality.  

In Moving Windows however reality is slightly different.  The billboards have no words and thus no power to propel.  Instead they exist as storyboards to journeys that we can’t escape from - such as ageing and relationships that lose their way.

The journeys are: A LIFE IN EIGHT STOPS / IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER / AS TIME GOES BY.
 

A LIFE IN EIGHT STOPS

 

Focusing on the various types of rolling stock used by London Underground, images of an individual growing older are revealed through the windows of eight different carriages.

Through the nearest window of each can be seen the passengers and beyond them, through the far window, the individual - a girl - as she ages.  The result is a screen within a screen producing uncertainty as to whom is looking at whom.

The only certainty is that we are all on the same journey - the passengers, the girl and us the viewers.

Aged 9 months - Victoria.  23.5x26.5cms.

With pig tails - Green Park.  23.2x28.5cms.

Sports day - Sloane Square.  23.5x26.5cms.

42D - Angel.  23x28.5cms.

Tea break - Bank.  23x28.5cms.

Alluring - Bond Street.  23x28.5cms.

Forty plus - Edgeware Road.  23x28.5cms.

The last train - Mile End.  23.5x29cms.

IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER

'In the eye of the beholder' follows the route of a brief encounter as it evolves on a journey from London Zoo to Waterloo.

Along the way the view changes.  Advertisements, featuring images of wildlife, reflect the changing behaviour of the protagonists as they travel towards their destination.

Their eyes met near London Zoo.  18x38cms.

Her wings and eyelids fluttered.  18x38cms.

With one accord they flew upstairs.  36.5x18cms.

Down Regent Street, the pavement moved.  36.5x18cms.

Her feathers shone, she floated left.  18x38cms.

And then they kissed at Waterloo.  18x38cms.

AS TIME GOES BY

 

The billboards in this tryptich portray the development of a relationship in three stages - from unrelenting passion to old age.

In the foreground a man climbs into a taxi and for the duration of the relationship rushes about in a traffic jam until he arrives at his destination having gone nowhere.

Two for tea.  37x28cms.

4x4.  37x28cms.

One to one.  37x28cms.

Prices:  £140-£180 Unframed / £185-£235 Framed.

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Copyright, Robin MacFarlan 2018