‘Where has all the Light gone?’ (a Tinpot Opera) has its origins in both Mark Campbell’s 2010 Glasgow International exhibition ‘A God given Light’ (Jelevision) and his 2012 woodcut show at Glasgow Print Studio ‘Jelevision’.
Mark is interested in the “propaganda messages” that he believes children are subjected to through manipulated media such as Television (Jelevision), State Tv, Fox news etc and social media.
In ‘A God given Light’ (2010) and ‘Jelevision’ (2012) Mark explored the notion of nurture and growth in young people through creating a full size stained-glass greenhouse, etched and fired with imagery.
While the light in a greenhouse would usually fall to germinate seeds, Mark's images on the greenhouse panes filtered the light, disturbing the greenhouse’s main purpose of germination and growth, rendering it obsolete.
Leading from these ideas of nurture and growth, ‘Where has all the Light gone’ (A Tinpot Opera)’ reimagines the world as an Opera where despotic Tinpot rulers govern, risen to power through manipulated media. In this series of paper works, Mark devises this world. Using recognised modern symbolism in constantly evolving collaged cut paper, he presents his criticism of the various ways he sees young minds being shaped.
The works exhibited in ‘Where has all the Light gone’ (A Tinpot Opera)’ are intended as a prelude to a future series of sculptures.
'Where has all the light gone?' (a Tinpot Opera). South Block Exhibition 13th Dec 2019 - 23rd January 2020.