Bremen Nacht 2019

Bremen Nacht 2019

Band series, Recent work

The Fall (Bremen Nacht) 2019 – 200 x 160cm, acrylic on canvas

Apparently Mark E.Smith’s German language skills are not up to par, but I think that misses the point of what a song like ‘Bremen Nacht’ is really about: conflations of history, the past and the present, spectres/ghosts, mistranslation, an atmosphere of evil, the loss of innocence, escape and so on. Mark used language as a material to be dismantled and rebuilt regardless of logic or dictionary definitions, he was a poet.