BY THE DAWN'S EARLY LIGHT
25 May - 19 Jun 2005
MARK KIMBER | BY THE DAWN'S EARLY LIGHT
Artist Statement, 2005
One of the shared obsessions of both American and Australian popular culture is the elevation of sports star to hero status. The accompanying adulation can lead to an almost warrior like status being imposed upon these men. This blurring of the borders between warring teams and an extrapolation into the actual “theatre” of war was recently made real in the case of American Pro Football star Pat Tillman. A college standout, he moved then into superstar standing in the National Football League. With the start of the Iraq war Tillman gave up a lucrative career to enlist in the US Army. His subsequent death through “friendly fire” brought a tragically ironic end to his “star spangled” story.
This series of photographs using toy store miniature (12cm) models of these sports stars, photographed with the world’s most powerful camera, seeks to play with this nexus between sport and war while allowing the viewer to see past the myth making process and uncover the fragile nature of these fabrications.