Battle Series

 

2010


 

With a raucous, irreverent grandeur, the photographs of Gerard O’Connor & Marc Wasiak bring to mind the diverse traditions of William Hogarth’s 18th-century moral satires, 19th-century History Painting and the 20th-century underground comix of Robert Crumb.  Their images take the viewer on a helter-skelter ride through the mayhem of social, cultural and moral chaos. Their shared eye for the detailing of character and costume, and the layering of plot, transforms each tableau into a heroic melodrama with all the twists and turns, tears and laughter of a classic bodice-ripper. Whether it is a day at the beach or the din of battle; a wedding or a funeral, it is all coming unstuck in a deliciously alarming way.

 
 
marc wasiak