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ASC Window Space | Jamie Dyson | Catalogue: Mascots 1 – 3

05/12/2013 - 04/01/2014


Mascots 1 – 3

This work is an ongoing series to visually classify The Plymouth Separatists, or the Pilgrim Fathers  as they were more readily known, and their passage from Plymouth, England to Massachusetts on the East coast of America in 1620.

The multitudinous re-enactments, and near infinitely retold versions of this particular creation myth of modern America; from its inauspicious beginnings in Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, are used as the departure point for a visual investigation. The reification of historical figures and the subsequent consequences for the formulation of identity and and repercussions on power structures within Western society are all broached with these studies.

The initial idiosyncratic hand-drawn caricatures bound these real-life figures into a reality other than ours, and are depicted as magical or supernatural, being displayed with a quasi-mystical aura.

The idea that these groups of people are simplified to mere charms for individual and corporate self preservation is an affront to didactics and to the memory of an event which is infinitely more complex than that of a mascot bringing good luck to a football match.

Catalogue: Mascots 1-3  has been especially developed for ASC ‘S window space. The work takes the form  of four enlarged photographs of the original drawings mentioned above, altered in post production. These new works continue the themes mentioned above, and seek to further the inquiry into information, its interpretation, and presentation.

Jamie Dyson is a UK artist based in London. He has exhibited at Late at Tate Britain, London. Supermarket art-fair in Stockholm, and contributed to the Epifnio publication in Estonia. Most recently he was awarded the Arts/British Council international development fund for The Corbin Union Residency programme, based in Corbin, British Columbia 2012/13. He is also Co-Curator with the non-profit group ‘Propeller Island’ which has been exhibiting nationally and internationally since 2008.

This exhibition is kindly supported by the Artists Studios Company.




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