About the Book
The sobering and unexpected world, I began to see around me at the beginning of this new millennium, made me desperate for a sense of self. This has meant that the last ten years of my life (the first ten years of the millennium) has been a struggle to swim upstream. It has been essential for me to try and re-gain a sense of self amidst the barrage of mass persuasion from social, environmental sources and, more essentially, from the ruling ideology's media bombardment.
This book is intended to be part of the exhibition the tide of society; a series of paintings and drawings dealing with similar issues to this short book. It is a small collection of essay/rants (more rantish than essayish) about the hardship of trying to swim upstream against the voices of society, pulling you in a impersonal direction, and also the dangers of following this current Consumer Capitalist tide in a world of drying up resources and looming catastrophic climate change.
John Ledger is a visual Artist, eternal meanderer and obsessive self-reflector by nature, who can’t help but try to interpret everything from within the tide of society. His works predominantly take the form of large-scale ballpoint pen landscape drawings and map-making as social/psychological note-making. They are slow-forming, but defiant responses; it takes time to truly figure out what he wants to say about our social reality, seeing his works as an attempt at mapping this social/psychological landscape.