I’m feeling very unsettled lately and blame winter in Australia: it’s just not right. We just don’t know how to have a proper winter, preferring to stay inside for three months rather than get out and forging anything that half resembles a winter culture.
Browsing through the Chalk Horse Gallery archives today I came across Fergus Binns, who captures some elements of that perfect Australian summer – ghastly shark attacks, long airport queues, and kitsch mass tourism.
Binns’ art is darkly humorous and its content seems like a typical night’s viewing of Channel 10 News, Today Tonight, or any other sensationalist news source that pollutes our summer airwaves. The style used by Binns is simple, almost naive, which mirrors the state of mind our young nation.