Charlie Brooker

Charlie Brooker

Rosie Wilson

In our current post-truth age, the circulation of news is infinite, often fake, and is layered upon us so to the effect that confusion, fear, and cynicism are all likely consequences. Curiosity, creativity, and intelligence are all values which are needed to select the ideas from the abundance which have worth. Comic Charlie Brooker, who often absurdly brandishes himself an idiot, uses his intelligence, curiosity, and creativity to allow him to comment upon the news and state of the world, through derisive, bitter exaggerations and mockery, to create laughter. Thus, cynicism is used to help overcome cynicism, at least momentarily. Without curiosity to look at the state of things, intelligence to select parts to comment upon, and creativity to express what scares and troubles us, bad news could consume us. We need to use the news as an important port of ideas, which help us towards social justice, but must retain our creative elements by using art as a powerful form of expression and distraction too. This piece has been created using acrylic paint upon layered newspaper, and is 42 x 29.7cm.

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VisualJohn Byrne Award