Cul de Sac2023
Cul-de-sac (2018 – 2023) is a series of digital print projects, each of which explores the ideas behind the objects we create and the ways in which we relate to those objects, imaginatively and socially.
Refused to be Silent
The sleepy residential streets in the various towns and cities, depicted in these prints, share the same name, Oscar Romero Street, in honour of the Archbishop of San Salvador.
Researching a holiday destination on Google Maps, David Green happened to come across a street named Oscar Romero. Recognising the name, this immediately sent Green’s mind back to 1980, when the news of the death of the Archbishop in San Salvador was televised. The report of a car stopping said that the assassin steadied his rifle on the roof of the car, the bullet travelled through the open door of the chapel, striking the archbishop, who was preaching from the altar. The assassin was never found. This assassination had a profound effect on the artist at the time.
Killers and Victims
Swedish Authors Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö wrote their successful Martin Beck crime novels in the 1970s. One of the distinctive features of the novels is the sense of detachment, towards perpetrators and victims alike, that the reader is encouraged to feel. The absurdist aim of this project is to objectively analyse characters through scrutiny of their costumes and belongings, not their human traits and behaviours.
This series of prints appropriates the graphic signage found in the scenic design of well-known films, including Mean Streets (1973), The Long Goodbye (1973), Zabriskie Point (1970), Smiley’s People (1982) and Hidden (2015). Out of context, on the gallery wall, these graphic signs serve to activate the viewer’s imaginative response to what the words as signage might mean.