Making art as Oddly Head is first and foremost an act of personal catharsis.I feel at my most positive when creating a new piece of work.
Much of my work is a reaction to but also facilitated by the overwhelming proliferation of images the internet continuously coughs up. The internet ushered in an age of instant gratification and unfettered choice. Oddly Head is my coming to terms with this new way of being. I’m as addicted as anyone and have become a rolling news obsessive.
Oddly Head is the alter ego of Tim Fishlock. Tim’s creative output for the past twenty years has been incredibly varied. After graduating from Goldsmiths’ College he began his career by making large-scale artworks for Thomas Heatherwick Studio. By the late nineties he was getting commissions to design and fabricate art installations himself for PR companies and luxury retailers. A restless soul, Tim changed tack and went to work for The Partners. Here he worked on a number of award winning graphic design and branding projects. Since going solo in 2008 Tim began work on Oddly Head at the beginning of 2014. Laid low by life and hooked up to an IV drip of Pop Art, Adam Curtis documentaries and books by John Gray, all the while soundtracked by John Cooper Clarke’s Chicken Town, he coughed up a body of work that is both alarming and hilarious. It’s also rather beautiful.
Tim Fishlock aka Oddly Head states, "We’re living in an epoch of demagoguery and debacle. As a result, there is a process of inner migration, an opting out of reality. As a species, we’re running 21st-century software on hardware that hasn’t been updated for 50,000 years and we’re not coping at all well. Have we ever been so vulnerable and so self-absorbed? Against this backdrop, my work is an investigation but also an admission of my own fallibility”
Oddly Head’s brand new collection of bold, succinct and highly topical text-based limited edition screen prints and original mixed media works. With the June election, a reality TV star in the White House, and increasing political and military tension in more countries than we can remember, Oddly Head’s new body of work shrewdly comments on society’s fragile and daunting state. ‘Repeat After Me’ portrays how our compulsion to create an online second self has prevented our ability to make our own decisions with catastrophic results. In his latest series, Oddly Head, the alter ego of artist Tim Fishlock, neatly sums up our worst fears for leaders who abandon politics in favour of infantile populism and who are now at liberty to indulge their appetite for both distraction and destruction.
Highlighted in his new collection of repetitive ’ME’ pieces, the artist discusses our uneasy relationship with technology and how we are being subjugated by our own invention. As Fishlock says, “We are trading privacy and intimacy, companionship and love for a public existence and a virtual thumbs up from people we’ve never met. Keenly aware that we’re being judged on our every pronouncement and every picture we post, we have become absurdly self-absorbed. And who spends more time thinking about themselves and their place in the world than the artist…?”