Are we all Reece Spencer’s - Hercules?
First of all let us begin with the composition of the piece, no doubt paint. The idea of using paint in the first place could simply be a provocative device in the essence of a mask, trying to add humour to the subject to distract the viewer from it’s primary intention.
If we compare the title to the composition it’s self we see that the body represents Hercules, a proud character, and considered by some to be the strongest of characters in mythology. The beverage - marked Tennant’s super is much associated with alcoholism, and Hull. The use of dialogue, mis-spelling of words and lack of central focus to the character reminds the viewer much of the words of Illustrator, David Shrigley. Shrigley’s work revolves around crude illustrations, and the idea of being knowledgeable of skills revolving around contemporary art - but yet choosing to ignore them.
Notice how in the title it names a specific location; “Antwerp/Manchester” - a nightclub. The lack of attention to detail in the background (maybe to the artist’s intention, or maybe simply no background at all) suggests that it simply does not make a difference to the character, obviously stating the cause and effect of alcohol in which a similar attitude is approached in any modernised night club or pub, where everyone is there for the same thing. Perhaps Hercules is a design to show us when we can’t control ourselves any more?
Hercules could also be considered an attack on a consumerist society, with the use of different logo’s, displayed on the can and the talk of multi-billion dollar company - Macdonalds. The worth of a non-exist being in a consumerist society is a beautiful paradox, as only something that doesn’t exist can exclude themselves from the torrent of crap that we have no choice but allow into our lives.
Reece Spencer’s ‘Hercules tries Tennant’s Super for the first time in Antwerp/Manchester’ attacks common issues in today’s societies, some of which can’t be avoided, but ultimately, opinion on from some people are utterly worthless, as does it truly change the way we live if we are more knowledgeable of something we cannot change?
Maybe, we are all Reece Spencer’s Hercules.