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My Work Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation

Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation 2021 | Jack Harper

Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation 2021 is a miniature three piece series of a murder mystery of a unknown person, but for entertainment purposes, he is called John, who has killed a star of my previous work, Karen.

Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation 2021 is a piece inspired by looking through the eyes of someone else. The story is set into different places John lives, works and plots this murder. The house is separated into six rooms; The Attic, Room 306, The Bathroom, The Green Room, The Kitchen and The Living Room.

We all have our own stories, and we can use the rooms to let our imaginations run wild and create various scenarios inside the house, but only one person knows what happened here.

The story, all names, characters, and incidents portrayed in this production are fictitious. No identification with actual persons (living or deceased), places, buildings, and products is intended or should be inferred.

The shed. A decrepit monument to this man’s twisted secrets. If you were to call this man an artist then this shed would be his studio, although I doubt many would argue that this man’s morbid obsession could be classed as art.

The miasma of rot and decay clung to the dilapidated wood that made up the walls and floorboards, in a way it reminded me of the attic but without the turpentine and paint to mask the horrid stench.

The ground was stained a dark crimson that matched the dried flecks of red that soiled the tools on the workbench. A map detailing missing people from the local area who would never be found again. The shelves adorned with trophies from his victims making this garden shed feel like this man’s monument to his inhumanity.

This was the only space that reflected who this man truly was, his work and home a mere disguise in order for him to indulge his perverted and twisted tendencies. A man who has committed so much horror but still wanted to live a quiet life.

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My Work Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation

Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation 2021 | Jack Harper

Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation 2021 is a miniature three piece series of a murder mystery of a unknown person, but for entertainment purposes, he is called John, who has killed a star of my previous work, Karen.

Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation 2021 is a piece inspired by looking through the eyes of someone else. The story is set into different places John lives, works and plots this murder. The house is separated into six rooms; The Attic, Room 306, The Bathroom, The Green Room, The Kitchen and The Living Room.

We all have our own stories, and we can use the rooms to let our imaginations run wild and create various scenarios inside the house, but only one person knows what happened here.

The story, all names, characters, and incidents portrayed in this production are fictitious. No identification with actual persons (living or deceased), places, buildings, and products is intended or should be inferred.

The house. A three-story high building with an open attic space. Much like the office cubicle there seemed to be nothing out of the ordinary with this man’s residence. Simple almost bare décor save a few photographs hung on the walls.

Apart from odd pieces of kitchenware, food, and toiletries you could assume this place might be uninhabited. However, the signs of life were there. A messy kitchen sink, a bathroom that had been in use and a bed that looked like it had been slept in recently.

Venturing into the attic I was greeted by an overpowering smell of acrylic paint and turpentine as well as another scent of something that may have been decaying although it was impossible to tell due to the chemical scent in the air.

It seems that the inhabitant of this house has a fondness for art as it seems there are some paintings that he has been working on in his spare time up in the attic. I feel this artistic flair was also confirmed by the disturbing message he seems to have painted in lipstick on the mirror in his bathroom.

However, this pales in comparison to the horrors I would discover when I went into the backyard.

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My Work Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation

Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation 2021 | Jack Harper

Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation 2021 is a miniature three piece series of a murder mystery of a unknown person, but for entertainment purposes, he is called John, who has killed a star of my previous work, Karen.

Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation 2021 is a piece inspired by looking through the eyes of someone else. The story is set into different places John lives, works and plots this murder. The house is separated into six rooms; The Attic, Room 306, The Bathroom, The Green Room, The Kitchen and The Living Room.

We all have our own stories, and we can use the rooms to let our imaginations run wild and create various scenarios inside the house, but only one person knows what happened here.

The story, all names, characters, and incidents portrayed in this production are fictitious. No identification with actual persons (living or deceased), places, buildings, and products is intended or should be inferred.

The office. A mundane workplace. There seemed to be nothing unusual from the outset, hard to believe that anyone who worked here would be of any great interest to anyone.

At least that was my initial thought as I searched through his cubicle. When asking his co-workers about what it was like to work with him, they too found it hard to recall anything noteworthy. They were of course aware of his presence at the office, but the feeling seemed to be that he made very little impact.

He was a hard worker but certainly not the best they had. He wasn’t an anti-social co-worker, yet they said he could be quite cold and neutral. They even found it hard to recollect what he even looked like.

Looking over his desk again I found nothing interesting, it seemed very clean and tidy, almost clinical in a way. That did seem odd as this man had made no effort to personalize their space in any way almost as if they didn’t want to leave an impression.

The only evidence there seemed to be of any sort of person inhabiting this workspace were some post it notes filled with reminders and a picture of what seems to be a home.

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Bein Art Gallery

Bein Art Gallery recently featured a miniature art exhibition on their website with miniature artworks able to be bought from a plethora of many different artists.

Bein Art Gallery described the exhibition which ran from 8th to the 25th of March, “the magic is in the invitation extended to the viewer to reimagine the world on an entirely different scale, one in which even Thumbelina might be considered a giant.”

The show was co-curated by master miniaturist Joshua Smith, who has built sculptures of urban decay, made principally of cardboard, fibre and paint and been shown internationally.

Here are a few selections of the artwork which were featured:

Vildan Hoşbak – “Toilet”- mixed media, scratch built
Joshua Smith – “68 Bolesława Limanowskiego”- scratch built miniature made from MDF, balsa wood, styrene, plaster, wire, acrylic paint, weathering pigment
Steve Casino – “Beatle Breath”- polymer clay, acrylics and Tic Tac container
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Inspiration: Awesome, Thanks AKA Devin Smith

While I was scrolling on Instagram, I came across a miniature version of the ‘Werk Room’ entrance of Ru Pauls Drag Race on my explore page. I was absolutely fascinated by how someone has managed to create such detail on such a small scale. I clicked on the profile, and it was Awesome, Thanks. I was blown away by what I was looking at! Miniature silkscreen printing (which works), Tiny glory holes, bathroom cubicles, and other small scenes. Awesome, Thanks is owned by Devin Smith, who is a miniature artist based in Wisconsin and is featured in “Ripley’s Believe it or not” for the world’s smallest silkscreen! Straight away, I was inspired and wanted to create something miniature and immersive. I previously tried something like this back in September with a project called Identity, which Locke and Key inspired. It was a one-minute video of what I expected my brain to look like. I thought it looked a little arts and crafts as I had a haul in Poundland and went crazy with random bits and bobs.
Smith got into creating miniatures back in 2013 for a T-shirt factory he worked for during the summer. On the last day of the summer, he used some cardboard, went home, and started to construct a miniature version of the T-shirt factory itself. Five months later… it was finished, and he had the opportunity to go back to the T-shirt factory and give it to everyone there as a Christmas present. It sits there today in the front showroom for every customer to come in and enjoy. (I took this from an Interview with Daily Mini)
I love his story of creating something, and he previously said in an interview with Daily Mini that “You can make one incredible giant thing and take up an entire room, or you can make thousands of tiny things.”

I got the chance to message back and forth with Devin, he described his to me and what he hopes to achieve. “With my work, I like to capture a specific moment in time. A moment that means something special to me, and hopefully through the expression of my art, means something to someone else as well. Creating a link, a connection, a conversation between me and my works admirers.”

Check Awesome, Thanks out on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/awesome__thanks/?hl=en