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Graeme Gerard Halliday – Hallidonto

I am a Scottish visual Artist, originally from Dundee, based in London. My main focus is drawing, and my ‘Cyborgia Manifesto’ Art is my life; I see my work as a beacon of its time, ahead of time, and before it’s time. I am motivated by transcribing the sociological constructions of my age, the evolution of the flesh. Art for me is a cathartic process; I lose myself in my work. Art is the mirror to shatter the foundations of reality-Art for me is a reflection of the coming state of mankind, flesh anxiety, the departure into a new being.1240067-7 1240398-7 1240414-7 1240441-7 1240445-7 1515170-7

Graeme Gerard Halliday ( Hallidonto) Scottish Artist, residing in London, My work has a eclectic mixture of applications: Drawing,sculpture,conceptual (books), installation,Performance, collaborations with other artist, writers. My main focus is on drawing, and my cyborg manifesto A child of the eighties is the prototype for the New Flesh. They are the children of the digital age, children of the first generation cyborg. The body had transformed. Post-modernism had introduced a new era in art. Computers, television, cartoons and comics became my and my realm to explore and inhabit. I was drowned in images of cyborgs, super heroes and machines in the land of the hyper real. The cyborg became my own, I identified with the concept of such a being and has become the essence of my work to date. Post modern philosophy focuses heavily on the concept of the hyper real. (Jean Baudrillard) This concept forms the basis of my research and it has led me to other spheres of study, cross referencing various genre which are influenced by the philosophy of the hyper real. My work explores the contemporary condition and the aesthetic forms used are sculpture, conceptual drawing, video and installations. The modern world viewed through the cathode ray and observations of society compelled me to explore a dystopian vision. Contemporary society explores the perversions of the media. Serial killers are glorified, news is controlled and censored, military regimes and dictatorships prevail. The dystopian ideal continues ad nauseam. My drawing works are then created using a continuous line, then worked into to add flesh, the images that created are cyborgs, Graeme’s fascination with them since his childhood. And the body’s dystopian descent into the word of hyper-real. My drawings have a classical style, but flow in a expressively twisted dystopian vision of contemporary society. My early work concentrated on the “˜bare bones’ of the cyborg. It carries no flesh, it is the basis of my work in progress. It is naked and stark as is the central feature in Duchamp’s The Bride Stripped Bare by her Bachelors. The drawings are pure cyborg, without embellishment. They are infantile and simplistic in their appearance but not in their construction, being drawn in one continuous line. “˜A man who does not accept the conditions of life sells his soul’ Charles Baudelaire. From this premise I conceived that my first born cyborg would interpret the modern age as I perceived it. He would grow and evolve through time and influence. Each epoch carries with it interpreters of that age and it is in the French Symbolist Movement of painters, poets and novelists that I find particular empathy. Their dystopia is veiled in grandeur, concealing in the subject matter the notion and fear of decay, which pervades their various works. In contrast the cyborg image openly displays that decay as it evolves as a continuing motif in my work.