Francis Fagan – The Meaning of Life in the Age of Chicken

Campbell Works Next Exhibition

Campbell Works is delighted to present a new installation by Francis Fagan.

This exhibition is Francis Fagan’s first with the gallery and also represents a new departure in his practice.

‘The Meaning of Life in the Age of the Chicken’​ 

Opening Reception: Thursday 11th July 2019 6.00pm – 9.00pm

Installation Open: Friday 12th – Sunday 14th July 2019 12.00 Noon – 6.00pm


Waking from a profound dream, we attempt to grasp the full meaning of a truth experienced in the superconscious state…

A dream space has manifested in the gallery setting, offering a moment of meditative contemplation. An oscillating soundscape can be heard, encouraging the Theta brainwave state. Fast food takeaway boxes float in a regimented block just above the gallery floor, reminiscent of a divine offering. On an adjacent wall a projection of words shimmer in kaleidoscopic golden waves. The movement of the text combined with the placement of the boxes prevents the viewer from deciphering the full meaning of the message.

The environment evokes a euphoric sensation that has resulted from an epiphanic experience; the rediscovery of a Universal Truth. As we bathe in its golden light there is a sense that the message is deeply important, it’s significance is within our grasp but there are certain obstacles blocking our path to it. Given enough space, our habit to repeatedly and unconsciously resist this Truth is challenged.

The takeaway boxes are not only a physical obstruction, they also represent our contribution to the Anthropocene. We are trapped within a society which consumes without thought or care to the wellbeing of our planet and its inhabitants. Our impact on the Earth is becoming increasingly visible and will be permanently recorded for generations to come:

“When humans have vanished from the planet, one of the most enduring marks of our impact on Earth will be the sudden appearance in the fossil record of copious chicken bones.”   

Sam Wong – New Scientist