HUTT: Andrew Sim - Why Can’t I Fly Supersonic Anymore?
6 – 29 May
Preview: Friday 6 May, 18:00-21:00

The accepted trajectory of progression is a linear one. Civilisations handing over the baton from one to the next, illuminating the savage and the barbarian.

In his solo exhibition “Why Can’t I Fly Supersonic Anymore” Andrew Sim questions this narrative and draws attention to the network of links that show human nature hasn’t changed as much as institutions would have us believe.

Taking visual cues from classical spirituality, votive shrines and the “totems of progress” Sim’s sculptural assemblages and installations seek to challenge the notion of constant progression, highlighting the failures of Concord and the demise of supersonic flight to illustrate the holes in the thin veil of the accepted historic trajectory. Sim exposes the culture of history being written by the winner – progress by defeat – the civilizing of the barbarian by Rome; to critique through similarity. The totems of the past have uncanny parallels with those of the present. They try to capture the potency of beings, places and things of perceived power. They emulate and celebrate the gods of progress both historic and current; the Apollo space missions and the entrance of the verb “to Google” into the accepted global lexicon.

This need to not only believe in constant progress but also to constantly remind and reassure ourselves of it highlights the fragility inherent in the system. What happens if that system breaks down? Maybe we should all be asking “Why Can’t I Fly Supersonic Anymore?”.


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