Corporate Fight Club: Value at Risk

The language of business is littered with allusions to violence. The pursuit of the killer product, crushing the competition, dominating the market. Here we see what happens when the veneer of civility is transgressed and matters of business are settled man to man.

The titles are taken from terms used in the world of financial markets.


Schrödinger and the cat

Erwin Schrödinger is considered as one of the founding fathers of quantum physics. He is, of course, most famous for his thought experiment, known as Schrödinger’s cat, an idea he developed while in correspondence with his friend, Albert Einstein . He received a Nobel Prize in Physics for his work in 1933.

I can find no evidence that he ever actually owned a pet cat, and perhaps since one possible outcome of his thought experiment is the death of the cat, it suggests he wasn’t overly fond of them.

In an attempt to convey the state of uncertainty in which the cat exists, I have painted the animal as a chimeric phantasm, visible fully only from a certain angle.

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Corporate Governance

Corporate Governance is a phrase used to describe the set of ‘guidelines’ for good business behaviour. The act of commercial enterprise, and Capitalism as a whole, has no explicit moral component, indeed the actions which led to the current financial crisis highlight how big business, motivated by profit, can produce large scale behaviour which many consider to be ‘amoral’ , and perhaps even criminal.

Corporate governance is an attempt to place an ethical framework around an inherently amoral activity.

The three paintings are titled ‘Introduction’, ‘Negotiation’ and ‘Execution’, representing the ‘sales cycle’ of a business interaction.