Drawing and Art: Chad McCail’s ‘Liars of Earth’ at the National Glass Centre

Posted on October 12, 2017


From June to October 2017 the Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art displayed Chad McCail’s monumental drawing ‘Liars of Earth’ at Sunderland’s National Glass Centre.

Liars of Earth is Chad McCail’s nearly 100-foot long drawing, presenting a world where ordinary people can rise up and overpower the monstrous giants that rule over them.

It’s a powerful illustration of the political and institutional authorities shaping our world, and our opposition to them.

From the NGCA press release:
Across a vast landscape that encompasses all of the institutions that shape us, McCail explores how we can combine forces to work together, and defeat those who would rule over us. His epic work asks how we might live together in the twenty-first century to share our resources more equally, and to create a new way of life.

Liars of Earth is an allegory of the way we live now: and of things to come. On the one side of a great divide are masked, robotic figures which have been commanding the landscape, exploiting its produce, and manipulating our labour, for their own gain. On the other side are massive mythical characters including a minotaur, a snake, and a “man of men”, a giant figure built of hundreds or thousands of individuals working together to defeat the robots and propose a new order.

The story resembles an updated, modern version of the print accompanying Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan, in which during a crisis the entirety of the ‘body politic’ has to act as one. Only by working together can we build a world in which we can act towards a common good, and shape a world in which freedoms are secure. McCail’s work asks us to imagine other possible worlds in which we might unite to overcome the forces that remain aligned against us.

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