Exposing Mike Hinc


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Introducing MIKE HINC



Mike Hinc is an artist living and working in France and the UK. Having worked extensively in the music industry with artists including Jonathan Richman, Morrissey, The Smiths, Nico, Primal Scream, The Birthday Party, and The Sisters of Mercy, he is not unfamiliar with the cult of celebrity and its commodification. Mike works in diverse media - celebrating transience, inadequacy and the contradictions of a commodified world. His subject is the ambivalence of experience; terror and wonderment in a human heart. His aesthetic is that of the humble postcard. The work, scribbled messages both platitudinous and profound, snatched from the frontline of the prosaic – “Weather still changeable, wish you were here”. Irony is key in an oeuvre which explores the interface between raw, felt experience and a mediated world of shrink-wrapped ideas and bite-sized epistemologies. If collage is the lingua franca of post modernism, it is also Mike's Franglais. In a world without answers, his work neither seeks completion nor finds resolution. This is a contemporary collage where you can still “see the joins” and it is essential that you do so. For that is where the art is. You are invited into a landscape stolen from Heidegger’s “World As Exhibition” where juxtaposed images combine to form alluring, imaginary worlds, which you may enter at your peril