Andy Hunns, CD, Small Japanese Soldier:
Music has no creative boundaries and the 60's saw music at its creative peak. No Internet, no record company need for short-term commercial success, the artist was given freedom to find their sound. I love this era and its style, its belief and its capacity for doing things differently.
Jump The Gun in Brighton is a shop that celebrates this period and I wanted to step back to this time and try to imagine what it would be like.
Born too late. Story of my life but it's inspired me without me knowing it.
(with thanks to Jump The Gun in Brighton)
Dr Cecilia d'Felice's psychological interpretation:
What is striking about this portrait is how comfortable and content Andy appears. Surrounded by nostalgia, he embodies relaxed pleasure. The long leg extending into the foreground suggests that he is happy to mark his territory; there is a sense of ownership in this cozy corner, as if he has occupied it many times. One can imagine him looking up from his Musical Express and cheerfully chatting to passing friends and strangers, a man at ease with himself.
There is a holiday feel to the portrait, the sunglasses, checked shirt and desert boots suggesting he is getting away from it all, yet the sharp jacket denotes authority, a reminder of his responsibilities. It is a stylish portrait and that sense of creative style, one imagines, extends beyond his embodied state into his work.
In nostalgia we reconnect to times past where we were younger (or even not yet born). The ‘otherness’ of this mythical time generates an emotional trace of intense happiness, a sense of home coming that seduces us into imagining that somehow those times were better than now. We then appropriate aspects from those earlier times that resonate joyfully with us, further creating positive feedback encouraging us to connect all the more. Nostalgia sometimes receives a negative press, yet if everything really is derivative, we are wise to take our inspiration from the best, as Andy does here with modish wit.