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The Perpetual Race To The End Of Linear Time
The Perpetual Race To The End Of Linear Time was painted outdoors at an 'Live Art' event held by Elham Arts Group (www.elhambahrain.net) during Grand Prix week in Bahrain in 2008.
It was made using acrylics and fine sand collected from the side of the eternally long road that cuts through the desert on the way to a large area of reclaimed sea on the southern coast of the island. 24 hours a day trucks of Asian Laborers, lorries full of construction materials and equipment pound their way down to build the behind-schedule 'future'. All along the road remnants of shredded tires are discarded and some come to rest to create beautiful forms in the shape of raw-ended sculptural curves and curls. Using some of the smaller pieces I wove them into the span of the canvas with strands of rubberized, gold colored, steel wire pulled from the torn body of the tire. The painting has a light coating of clear varnish to seal the areas of paint and sand.
The sand is of the desert, the black acrylic represents oil, rubber, transportation, Uncontrollable progress, aggression speed. The gold strands represent the wealth gained through increasing oil revenues. The varnish, the superficial gloss of global materialism.