perfect acid

James Hornsby
perfect acid, 2020
Inkjet print on canvas with aerosol spray, 118 x 80cm


The smiley face symbol means a lot of things to a lot of people. Originally appearing in the 1960s, the smiley face was used to advertise life insurance. In the 1970s, the symbol had moved on to being plastered all over novelty items. In the 1980s, it was reinvented as a counterculture symbol and then adapted by rave culture in the 1990s as a symbol of youthful rebellion. This year has been absolutely absurd to say the least. I personally found myself feeling great dread. The act of defacing an already existing digital inject print on canvas in my studio with black spraypaint brought me out of my thoughts and back into my body for just a moment. So, at this point in time, the smiley means to me that everything is going to be just fine… I hope.