Jonathan Kelham's 'Leaders of Men' [2010-Present] explores the portrayal of a romanticised, melancholic, bumbling, narcasistic and self-depricating notion of englishness via constructing a space referencing the reoccurring qualities of subjective utopian philosophies. The Leaders of Men, amalgamated hybrid characters, produce idiosyncratic narratives via text, landscapes, letters, morse code, animation and audio works. Mark.E.Smith Spotty Man chats shop with Ian Curtis Officer Dibble whilst Philip Larkin the Lone Ranger & Joe Orton Paddington Bear bemoan the commercialism of Alfred Hitchcock Captain Pugwash.
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Jonathan Kelham's work predominately explores the construction of a romanticised, melancholic notion of englishness presented in the reoccurring qualities of subjective utopian philosophies.