Big Bull Market, 2016
The title of Rob Hood’s work makes explicit his concerns with the consequences of rampant consumerism and the effect it has on our youth and culture. A pile of shattered, bent and broken car windshields creates a thought-provoking and somewhat visceral installation. However, instead of reading as a fear mongering pile of accident evidence, the work becomes a glossy, self-reflecting landscape that raises questions about consumerism, capitalism and masculinity. The multifaceted forms are beautiful and thought-provoking whilst commenting on the disastrous effect the manufacturing world has on the environment. When the lifespan of a car is finally deconstructed, a journey of hope turns into dilemma where no thought is given to disposal. The crystalline forms are masculine and angular yet show a fragmented vulnerability. Car windows stacked in dual recognition of their industrial waste and violent beauty become a balance between fragility and an appetite for destruction and risk taking. This work reads like an homage to modernism in the age of rampant consumerism.