These pictures speak for themselves I hope. The persecution of the Muslim community should not be tolerated and needs to be stopped. The first step is to acknowledge that it is indeed happening. As a graphic designer one can help by being mindful, active and responsible. Read more here: http://justinbartlett.weebly.com/an-unwelcome-ideology.html
My work "Persecution" has suddenly become topical in the last week with the events in Norway so I thought id write a short blog entry and re-post a link to my work. I don't want to dwell on or publicise the recent event but the rise of the right and the roll the media plays in its growth is something we need be aware of.
I have been pondering and writing about the idea of "Post-ideologism" and I wonder if we are witnessing a state of Post-Ideologism within the art/design fraternity. My ideas are in their infancy but I feel we are now seeing the Post-Ideologic Generation of design. It appears the optimism and innovation of Modernity is dead and the pessimism and self-awareness of post-modernity too has waned. So, where are we now? What appears to be lacking from recent contemporary design is any ideologic or philosophical content at all. It seems that recent design only consists of superficial aesthetics. Beauty for beauty’s sake could, of course, be the intended philosophy or approach but it seems this is not so. There is no apparent movement, conviction, ideology, philosophy or doctrine, only mass apathy and one dimensional, meaningless design.
Post-ideologism describes this mass apathy.
I believe there has to be a philosophical and/or expressive content to any work of art for it to have any merit or to even exist as art at all. I would like to see a new wave of "Neo-ideologic" design. I do not see Neo-ideologism as being a specific ideology or movement governing the individual's style, method or thought. But rather a much broader term and general school of thought that recognizes Post-ideologic design and strives (in reaction) to promote the importance and necessity of a philosophical, ideologic or expressive presence within design.
An example of this Neo-ideologic design would be my own work but there are
other examples to be found. One artist/designer who's work, I believe, is neo-ideologic is Andrew Van Der Merwe. Please take a look at his work and appreciate it.
So, I'm about to start the blog. I was a little apprehensive as the idea of the blog seems a little conceited to me but I feel that if its on here (a website about me) Then it's fitting. I will, of course, be posting the link to this blog on my Facebook page so that as many people as possible read it - therefore totally undermining my point and rendering it nothing but a throw-away comment used to try and make myself sound less conceited than I actually am.
So. I want to use this blog as a platform for discussion. Rather than talking about my own work too much, I aim to discuss my feelings about certain areas and topics within art and philosophy. Id also like to invite and encourage debate through comments on the various subjects as I think this is both interesting and important.