Installation view of Mandatory Field exhibition at The New Standard Gallery, 2017. L-R Home / Office, 153 x 137 cm, Crawl, 153 x 107 cm

Installation view of Mandatory Field exhibition at The New Standard Gallery, 2017. L-R Home / Office, 153 x 137 cm, Crawl, 153 x 107 cm

The inflated individualism of contemporary capitalism and the opposing, but not incompatible concerns of fame and loneliness in an age of digital interconnectedness are a rich vein of study.

Bartok seeks to distill these conditions down to absurdism. But not an absurdism obtained through exaggeration. This absurdity is in plain sight of us all, yet we take little notice of it. -

David Greenhalgh, 2016.