It’s OK I Know Nothing’s Wrong 2008, red flashing neon on aluminium roundel
50 x 50 x 20cm
Series 1 – 3 (+ artist’s proof)
‘OK’ is an informal term of approval, assent, or acknowledgment. When used to describe the quality of something, it denotes being fit for purpose or of a quality, which is acceptable but not great. When used in dialogue, it can denote compliance, agreement, a wish to defuse a situation or calm someone, or even formal approval. As with most words its meaning is determined by context or type of speech.
With this work Melvin creates a flashing depiction of the hand gesture associated with the word. This work looks at what occurs when the sign or gesture is repeated indefinitely and how its sentiment and real meaning changes through that continual repetition.