The aesthetic of Duncan Comrie: The art and theatre of the Scrapyard.
The awesome nature of the vast amount of waste generated by contemporary life is hammered home by a visit to a scrapyard. Although scrap metal has the redeeming factor of at least being recycled and made into something else, the brutal power of crushing up of discarded products is a sobering reminder of the casual destruction in contemporary life. The scrapyard for me is a metaphor for this taken for granted cycle of life: The throwaway society is fed by a steady supply of debt and disposable products, and the waste disposed of by scrapyards and the like.
The aim of all my art forms - wall painting, performance, comedy theatre, scrap collage, box casing - is to stimulate alternative ways of seeing the meaning in the obsolete, the discarded and the thrown away. I use the playful conceit of ‘minted kidology’: The positive enthusiast meets the cautious sceptic in a contradiction to tease the imagination.