Mikey Gower’s recent work A Day in the Middle of Nowhere “exists as a fragmented representation of the fictional archive which is outsourced from the personal life of its’ original creator.” His work is centred around the topic of youth and typically formalised in self published zines and books. A large part of Mikey’s work is the curation and sequencing of these zine’s. Mikey pays close attention to how images relate to each other and how that influences the interpretation of the images.
Mikey considers this work to be fictional which allows him to disconnect himself from the specific memories and subjects. However, the chosen snap shot aesthetic heightens its sense of reality, this duality asks us to question the image content further.
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With the platform of youth as a subject matter Mikey uses this to address "disillusion in the search for a meaningful life and quest for companionship.” Drawing upon the age old photographic and philosophical questions of immortality, Mikey is not only questioning youth, but the desire the immortalise yourself, your feelings and your memories.
“That desire could be to immortalise your life, a feeling, or a moment, but in actuality nothing can last forever. Forever and always is the promise can never be kept.”
When exhibiting this work outside of the zine publications, Mikey would typically show them as installations on the floor with adhesive paper. Encouraging us to interact with his work in a different but engaging way, with the work changing over time as the images deteriorate.