About the Book
My, originally rather large amount, of hope and sentiment, carried from my youth, has been all but erased in this first decade of the new millennia. As a relatively unheard of artist, my concerns about the planet and my future upon it, much outweigh my opportunities to share and discuss them, and because I am disinterested in 'careers' this is likely to remain unchanged.
Consumerism has destroyed all real purpose because it has destroyed all values except that of money, so nothing else but spending, making money and materialistic success has any point to it. The thing is this is also destroying the planet - and our chances of survival. This is a double hammer blow, and I probably would have been a solitary meanderer without both, but now I am an eternal meanderer; looking for a way out - an exit.
The subtitle 'The muted cries of a 21st century person' is written as such because I do not believe that my concerns - the issues buzzing around in my skull - are much different to anybody else's. Maybe I'm just disturbed by the alarm bells? This book is essentially writings from my solitary traveling around the land, by train, bus and foot. I've been desperately wanting to change this, because, even if humanity is in for a tough tough ride, I still believe those when they tell me that I still have to enjoy life - I just wish it was this easy. The writings in this book were my attempt to change all this, amidst the confusion and the media-bombardment of the modern world. I have to find my way.
John Ledger is a visual Artist, eternal meanderer and obsessive self-reflector by nature, who can’t help but try to interpret everything from within the tide of society. His works predominantly take the form of large-scale ballpoint pen landscape drawings and map-making as social/psychological note-making. They are slow-forming, but defiant responses; it takes time to truly figure out what he wants to say about our social reality, seeing his works as an attempt at mapping this social/psychological landscape.