Martin Firrell
It's Easy to Be Angry
2019
This work was created by the artist in conversation with actor
Nathan Fillion
discussing his character Captain Mal Reynolds in cult US scifi show
Firefly
.

Reynolds is a man brutalised by destiny. He fought in a war of independence and lost. His reaction to his fate illustrates the truism that it is often easier for a man to express anger than other emotions.

This can give rise to a false impression of men and masculinity. Anger appears to be a keynote emotion for many men when it is, in fact, a substitute. Anger stands in for - and masks - more difficult, complex and nuanced emotions like sadness, fear or loss.

The works in this series include the image of
Eugen Sandow
the world's first professional body builder.
Sandow measured the proportions of statues in museum collections in order to develop his own physique to resemble the Greek ideal.

Sandow's face is obscured by the work's text indicating that it is the symbolism of the ideal, rather than Sandow himself, which is of interest to the artist.

This artwork is part of socialart.work, a mass public art project by public artist
Martin Firrell
calling for greater social justice.

It aims to create debate about power and gender, women's equality and masculinity, alternative forms of economic and social organisation, black power, and solidarity between people from different backgrounds and ethnicities.

It includes posters, publications and events supported in 2018-19 by the artist's residency with leading Out of Home media company
Clear Channel UK.
Part Of
socialart.work
Medium
Digital billboard
Displayed
UK, January 2019
Supported by
Clear Channel UK
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Acknowledgement
A New Sandow Pose (VII)
Wellcome Collection
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