Mark Adair studied visual art at York University in the mid seventies when there was a great deal of excitement and optimism around the questions as to what an artist could be and what an artist could hope to achieve. There was an open ended, encouraging atmosphere of investigation and scholarship. What Adair took from the 70’s was a belief that every artist should have questions.
In the early 80’s, at grad school at the University of Victoria in B.C., Adair turned his attention to the environment and found himself asking the big question that he has been wrestling with ever since. Why can’t we contend with our own behaviour in the world? What is it about us that drives us to do such destructive things?