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Apologies to all as it has been a while since my last post. Much has changed since I was last informing you of something irrelevant that I, at least found interesting. However I will save you the details at this time.

Back to the review, and the most recent exhibition to get me out of my four walls was Richard Haris’s ‘Death: A Self-Portrait’ at Euston’s Welcome Gallery.

The exhibition consists of around 300 pieces of art, sculpture, animation that is devoted to attitudes surrounding death and our complex & contradictory attitudes towards the theme.

The exhibition is divided into five categories:

Room 1 – Contemplating Death: The contemplation of morality and our views around it. Images of skulls combined with the theme of time are prominent in this room to reconcile us with morality and condemn morality
Room 2 – The Dance of Death: The universal certainty of death, regardless of social status. The world has periodically suffered war, famine and disease and death provides the ultimate leveler. Skeletons alongside humans highlight the frailty of man with dark humorous overtones prevailing.

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Room 3 – Violent Death: The question this room asks is whether art can provide aesthetically pleasing work about violent death and the damage of war to body & souls. The pieces on show act as anti-war messages highlighting the damage caused.
Room 4 – Eros & Thanatos: This room questions people’s fascination with disturbing or morbid phenomena cannot be attributed to scientific curiosity. There is a strong connection with living subjects alongside skulls and skeletons.
Room 5 – Commemoration: Rituals associated with death, burial and mourning have transformed over centuries and across cultures. This room highlights the populist subject has integrated into modern culture and commercialism.

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Although a little macabre for most tastes, the exhibition is thought provoking and highlights how societies view on death and morality have become heavily desensitised. There is a dark humored undercurrent that ensures the exhibition flows from theme to theme and isn’t too morbid. Overall a great exhibition and well worth a few hours of your time.

Memento Mori

David Shrigley is currently occupying the Hayward Gallery, Southbank. The exhibition consists of Shrigley’s drawings, hand written texts partnered alongside sculptures, photography, animated films, neon signs and music. The work consists of his early pieces from the mid 1990’s to especially commissioned work for this showing. 

‘Brain Activity’ like all Shrigley’s work, humorous and often makes the viewer laugh out loud. However, to dismiss his work purely as a one-liner or a quick laugh will not do it justice. He also twists everyday scenarios into darker situations with a deathly & violent theme.

The work needs to be seen to fully be appreciated, however I hope a few sneaky pictures that I had taken for me provide an insight into what to expect. Brain Activity closes on May 13th so get down there before it finishes… There is even a dead rat on display!

Do Not Linger At The Gate

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Roof Sculptures

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Drawings & Hand Written

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Family

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I had never heard of the Hauser & Wirth Gallery previous, however following a recommendation I went to see Paul McCarthy’s new, and shocking as ever exhibition.

The total exhibition spans three locations from Savile Row, Picadilly & St James’s Square. First of all was the Picadilly Gallery to see his work ‘The King’. McCarthy is famous for his installations, with The King he does not disappoint. The main hall consists of a huge platform surrounded by large airbrushed paintingS, while a live sized naked McCarthy made from latex. He body with severed limbs (in a blond wig), he sits with his eyes closed in front of a church like pew for the viewer to see his throne and ‘elevated’ status.

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There were other pieces within the gallery of note however, his ‘Pig Island’. A hard-hitting view ‘of a morally deviant world populated by pirates, cowboys, the likenesses of George W.Bush and Angelina Jolie, Disney characters and the artist himself, all carousing in a state of wild and reckless abandon’*

One part of this exhibition is the truly disturbing ‘Train, Mechanical’. A mechanical sculpture of two figures resembling Bush sodomise two pigs. Both have set movements including the rhythmic penetration action, however when approached their heads and eyes follow the viewer across the room.

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I also managed to sneak a picture (bad eticate I know), of McCarthy’s work Paula Jones

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I can’t say I really understand the meaning behind all the work, however I can appreciate the strength of the work and the impact McCarthy is making.

*Direct quote from the official press release.