Interview with Tim Fishlock FKA. Oddly Head

In his second solo exhibition at Hang-Up Gallery in East London. Artist and designer Tim Fishlock questions and appraises our information-saturated age and asks us to confront what the delusion of opinion, narcissism and image overkill is doing to our society. In his latest exhibit INTROVERSION IMMERSION tackles the problems of social media, Fishlock continues his canny commentary on the fragile state of society and our place within it through vibrant, text-based paintings. Reflecting on the true nature of our uneasy relationship with technology and how we are a bound by these inventions.

A site-specific installation titled INTROVERSION IMMERSION takes over the entire Hang-Up bunker in the form of an enclosed ‘room’ of 72 light boxes ranged floor to ceiling. Flooded with a colourful fusion of words, we are confronted with the fiction served every day and reminded there is more to the language that meets the eye. Fishlock’s new, important and exciting work reminds us that our capacity to sense and question is still circumscribed by the current type of world we are immersed in. This timely exhibition raises the right questions and is a call to action for us to look within and how we live.

His exhibition runs from 31 May – 13 July 2019 at Hang Up gallery. So, in the meantime we sat down with Tim Fishlock to further gage the meaning behind the bright and bold installation.

Tim Fishlock FKA Oddly Head

Can you tell us about how you started making Art?

I’ve worked in most of the creative industries for the past 25 years. Some of what I made in that time could be described as art. I always thought of myself as a designer – too self-conscious to describe myself as an artist. In 2015/16 I resolved to make work that reflected my mostly political frustrations.

Favorite thing about what you do?

Being thrilled with something you’ve honed from nothing.

What is your background and does it influence the way you work?

How could it not?! My professional background absolutely informs my work. I’ve spent years in graphic design, 3-dimensional design, advertising. These experiences have equipped me with an array of practical skills and they have also informed the development of my political and social conscience. My family background has equipped me with all manner of hang-ups, many of which are examined and expressed in my work.

What is INTROVERSION IMMERSION about and what was your inspiration for this exhibit?

My own introversion! Having never been slow to judge extroverts on what I perceive to be their alpha over-confidence and selfishness, I began to wonder whether it’s people like me, the introverted, who are truly the most self-absorbed and self-centered; potentially capable of a greater deal of empathy, but prone to neurotic navel-gazing, forever scarpering to the solipsistic sanctuary of their own company.

INTROVERSION IMMERSION could be described as a self-portrait. It’s all warts and all representation where I focus on the warts, examining the worst of my impulses. It’s recognition of where I’m at and what I need to get better at. It also stands as an indictment of where we’re all at when we actively endorse a society that puts the individual at its centre.

How does it work being an artist, does ideation come first or is it a theme created by a gallery?

I’m wondering how I got to 46 years of age without coming across the word ideation, so thanks for that. Ideas always come first.