Ransom in Collaboration with John Springs
Ransom was proud to present a solo exhibition of works by acclaimed British cartoonist John Springs (b.1962). “Political Unrest; Bracing for Brexit!” was debuted at Ransom Art on 20th July 2017. The exhibition is comprised of over twenty-five satirical works, including paintings and mixed media works on paper. Renowned characters of the past such as Ronald Reagan and George Bush are the subjects of Springs’ caricatures, as are the divisive new protagonists of the global political scene and, in particular, Brexit Britain.
"It was an irresistible urge to convey the events of that morning in June 2016 as a clumsy deceit. The political mechanism revealed itself to be error strewn, the big gamble a misjudgment, the calculating had backfired, the shifty had been caught out. Shock and morale sapping for some, the events of “Brexit” became immediate satire even before the “satirists” could comprehend and digest the situation before getting to work and stamping its collective foot. These would become the glory days for the opinionated and a battleground of division. There is a terrible truth in any victory, but this was far from being a hollow one. It’s not the job of the satirist to be charitable, more to distort a situation into something digestible and realistic. A cartoon feels the suffering of its subject matter even when that subject has been exposed as something of a hoaxer or had the impudence to make a misjudgment on a catastrophic scale, which is much the same thing. We can take a laugh at those who seem to have chanced and lost, as an observer we can gain ground from it even if we were complicit and swept along. There has always been a belief that all words are lies, the use of language an opportunists charter unlike a picture that rings true, even when a, person is pictured performing an act he or she would never do. You could call that an interpretation that cannot be misconstrued. A cartoon or caricature that distorts is not “true” but more of an explanation.
Shoulders rocking in mirth is acknowledging an understanding and perhaps diffusing something that might be unknown. The act of satire is in fact a political event in itself, a picture, like words, can do the lying. In a way this painting is satirizing the satirists and playing them at their own game and all the things they find irresistible.” - John Springs