Axel Void – Mediocre Dismaland
Axel Void (featured) created a mural part of the “Mediocre” series as a guest of the Banksy curated theme park “Dismaland”, on view through September 27th, 2015, in what used to be the town’s main attraction, a park called Tropicana in the Weston-super-Mare seaside resort in Somerset, England.
The artist introduces us to the “very bizarre feel” of the town, explaining that: “You can find bright loud attractions, arcades, fish and chips, plastic beach toys, old people that are afraid of flying to a better place, karaoke bars, a very prolific Elvis impersonator, and a large amount of drug addicts that were brought to town from other places in order to go through rehab but ended up bringing the drug dealers as well, following their best clientele.”
Situated on the inside facade of the main building, the mural, adds Axel Void, is “a satire and homage to mundanity and our every day life”, a perfect fit to the concept of Dismaland, which to the artist “is a very clever parody and a critic of art and our society”.
The shadow like children depicted in the piece are represented in the position of a cross, and may suggest their statement in front of the absurd reality they are forced to experience where pocket money loans near the polluted playground may be yet another tragic joke of a system in constant decay. At the same time, the child silhouettes seem to form a barrier in contrast to the “exit through the gift shop” sign where only imbeciles appear to be allowed access, if we consider the messages on the balloons, as it is perhaps an attempt to escape the real social issues of today in favor of the comfortable illusion we choose to embrace. They ask for us to stop, see them and act, not ignore or deny their existence, as we often do. From afar, these human figures look like burn marks on the building’s architecture, while the dripping impression of the paint on the wall deepens the feeling of a rusted structure, a space and time in ruins.
All images © Axel Void