In three intricately constructed but devastatingly simple collages, the aptly-named Oddly Head breaks down the output of 20th Century mainstream Hollywood into its three constituent parts: Guns, explosions, and women in peril. If that strikes you as overly cynical, then Oddly Head’s work probably isn’t for you. In fact, the artist seems to have reached the conclusion that we might be better off seeking a fresh start on another planet if Getting the Fuck Out of Dodge, constructed on the same lines as the Hollywood triple bill, is anything to go by.
One gets the feeling the misanthrope will be at the front of the queue for a seat on the first available rocket off this planet, and in Licked we see a further indictment of human behaviour – in particular our consumption and subjugation of the natural world. Oddly Head’s iced lolly is an unpalatable collection of animals at risk of extinction, presented in a deliberately easy-to-swallow form. The idyllic childhoods of yesteryear are also under scrutiny in Scrumping, as his rosy-cheeked children till the soil in a green and pleasant past while in the foreground HAZMAT-suited scientists collect samples for analysis. These works are all from Oddly Head’s collection entitled This Place Must Be Earth, a corruption of the once-ubiquitous electrical safety instruction “this appliance must be earthed”.
Señor Head is releasing The Hollywood triptych at the start of the new year in an edition of 300 signed and numbered prints. Available now for pre-order, priced £165.