Tim Fishlock (Oddly Head)
Oddly Head is the alter ego of Tim Fishlock. Tim’s creative output for the past twenty years has been incredibly varied. After graduating from Goldsmiths’ College he began his career by making large-scale artworks for Thomas Heatherwick Studio. By the late nineties he was getting commissions to design and fabricate art installations himself for PR companies and luxury retailers. A restless soul, Tim changed tack and went to work for The Partners. Here he worked on a number of award winning graphic design and branding projects. Since going solo in 2008, he has produced 3 volumes of his art publishing project 50by70; created an IOS app named as one of the 50 best apps of 2012 by the App Store; made and installed a number of his WhatWatt? chandeliers, produced prints for the London Transport Museum and Paul Smith and created a children’s picture book with the former showrunner and executive producer of The Simpsons & Futurama, Josh Weinstein.
Tim began work on Oddly Head at the beginning of 2014. Laid low by life and hooked up to an IV drip of Pop Art, Adam Curtis documentaries and books by John Gray, all the while soundtracked by John Cooper Clarke’s Chicken Town, he coughed up a body of work that is both alarming and hilarious. It’s also rather beautiful.
Using collage to devastating effect, Oddly Head launches an attack on our own ravenous species and its subjugation of all other life forms, the relentless pressure to consume, the resulting Death Star-sized trash heaps of defunct product and our increasingly unnatural attitude to food production. And all the while, we have our beaks stuck in a box of battery farmed chicken bones.
Elsewhere, the creatively impoverished, morally hollow world of Hollywood is distilled into its three innate components – guns, explosions and women in peril.
The sculptural pieces stick to these themes while telling us it’s simply not good enough to keep calm and carry on.
Oddly Head’s approach has a heavy air of cynicism and misanthropy, yet the craft is so accomplished and the detail so intricate, it’s never less than thrilling to look at.