John Shankie’s art takes everyday processes and materials and squeezes a kind of poetry from them. Whether working with film, drawings, sculpture, text, music or social events he finds a rich seam of meaning that allows the simplest everyday actions to acquire a deeper emotional or social resonance.
For GENERATION, Shankie is working at the Park Gallery in Falkirk exploring issues of memory and remembrance with a particular emphasis on the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. He uses simple processes such as drawing, brickwork and preservation to explore private and public legacies of the conflict.
Refractory and Refrigeration will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of WW1. Responding to the ultimate sacrifices given by so many and to the futility of war, the exhibition will look at themes of memorial, celebration, reflection and restoration.
Through engagement with individuals and groups from the Falkirk area the artist intends to gather personal stories to shape the exhibition. Ideas generated through conversations between generations will culminate in the production of new work.