“The Persistence of Television” ~ Watercolour on paper.
The title of this work is obviously a nod to Salvador Dali’s “The Persistence of Memory” with it’s famous melting clocks.
Nothing melting here, except perhaps the asphalt under the runner’s feet. This painting is another one that was produced in the years immediately following my graduation from art college. I was trying to comment on how pervasive media was at the time and how difficult it can be sometimes to avoid it. Little did I know how much worse things would become in the next quarter century.
Replace the TV on his back with a flatscreen monitor and the screens in his eyes for mobile devices and we’d have an update for this millennium. We are ever connected, always being alerted, everything is always happening now… and sometimes you just want to escape.