21/07/2022 - 30/07/2022
Contemporary - Mixed Medium
Jon Baker - Mess Package
The title of the show, Mess Package is from a category of children's artwork. The Mess Package uses as many art materials available at once, in an attempt to cause as much mess and chaos as possible. The artist Mike Kelly says of the mess package “They are aggressive attacks on the orderly aesthetics of an adult”
Baker uses a room sized camera to photograph sculptures and figurines influenced by children's artwork and toys. The camera photographs directly onto large sheets of photographic paper creating unique one off images.
Jon is interested in how the act of play in childhood and adolescence is used as a site of ideological conflict for opposing ideas. He is particularly interested in the analysis of artworks produced by children and the discussions around the appropriate aesthetics for a childs toy.