Michael Tierney‘s paintings are bizarre pictures that distil the modern world into a psychedelic series of video game and pop art images, each painting a flat, two dimensional experience that plays with our obsession with computer games, animation, sci-fi, advertisements and, above all, the desire to escape from the concrete urban reality of the 21st Century.
In many ways these paintings represent reality in so far as we spend much of our lives escaping it through technology and film, they are a reverse state, each picture reflecting our need to negate the pressures and stress of living in a world in which success is measured by consumption and celebrity.
Using acrylic, emulsion and pastel Tierney plays with repetitive symbols; frogs, skulls, pandas, monkeys, organic blobs and geometric shapes on a flat lunar landscape, each character and symbol re-appropriated from a floating world of cultures and traditions and given voice in a strange pop art world of materialistic consumption. This juxtaposition of familiar objects in otherworldly spaces creates a tension between fantasy and reality and our wanton need to escape from a world that is slowly immersing itself into its own digital dictatorship in which experience will become a product we buy rather than a moment we envelop. Here’s what he has to say about his work:
Michael Tierney’s artwork celebrates and reflects the multi-layered aspects of contemporary life from video games, travel and technology to science, nature and pop videos.