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a gallery per day: tuesday

after yesterday's mammoth post, i have a feeling that reading a whole week's worth of gallery visits at once is on the boring and tedious, not to mention ugly, side of the blog. i'm going to try posting once a day for the next week instead. let me know what works (if you're still reading these things).

tate britain
jake and dinos chapman
when humans walked the earth

for some reason, i thought that the chapman brothers were exhibiting the goya works here and although i much prefer their sculptural works, i was amped for a goya/chapman mash-up. however, i must have got it all arse-about and the exhibit was actually a bunch of their sculptures instead. confused? yeah, me too.

the exhibit was a bunch of 'machines' with amazingly rad titles and were typical chapman cheek and smut. the mixed media/found objects pieces replicated machinery that reflected the dark side of human desire and motivation. they actually looked like old machines, with systems that seemed logical and a treatment/patina that replicated metal oxidisation. there was something a little Jean-Pierre Jeune about the pieces too and it was hilarious to spy on a very well-dressed, middle class couple checking out a machine that milked penises, was powered by men sucking breasts and lead by a vaginal mouth. ha!

my first impression of the tate britain was that it was quite a wasteland - hardly populated, although i'm definitely willing to give it another go, especially because i was really only there for the Chapman show.

here's a little sketch of one of the works, just to give you a vague idea as obviously there is no photography allowed (although i got busted photographing the artists' quotes in the BP British Art exhibit).

i put the fun back in funeral machine, jake and dinos chapman



At 16 May, 2007 13:27, Anonymous Jade said...

Lauren I love reading your posts on galleries. I do like one at a time, gives me time to process the info. What can I say, I'm a bit slow :).

At 17 May, 2007 08:00, Anonymous NP said...

It's not tedious. Do not dare to stop these.
I like reading people's reviews on stuff - you learn about the person as well as, in this case, art.
And I'll nick that Floyer quote.

At 17 May, 2007 13:01, Blogger lauren said...

thanks jade, NP (and will, from the previous post) - glad you enjoy it..
how great is that floyer quote! i photographed another couple of quotes, NP, before getting busted - check on my flicker happysnaps for the other 3.

At 17 May, 2007 15:11, Blogger Stan Lee said...

As my mum always used to say to me, make sure you have a hearty breakfast when you have a big day out planned.

At 17 May, 2007 19:00, Blogger Jade said...

NO NO NO the last post was fantastic! Aside from being riveting reading (honest!) it gave a real sense of how i imagine you must be experiencing London; a brand new place for you to explore, so much to see and do, so many galleries!

I googled Jessica Rankin and looked at her work on the white cube site. I love it! I'd never heard of her before, so thanks.

Hurrah no word verification thankyou thankyou thankyou!

By the way completely off-subject, but i am so damn pleased with myself! I hung the decorations at project today and it was EASY - i used sticks!!! Tie them on the sticks and stick the sticks between the truss things in the open ceiling, much less ladder involvement!! Does that make sense?

Maybe i am not the most qualified person to tell you your post was not boring. But sticks really can be thrilling.

At 17 May, 2007 19:04, Blogger Jade said...

oh and i meant to say i love the drawing! Sorry, i got a bit wrapped up in sticks for a moment there.

At 18 May, 2007 01:12, Blogger lauren said...

you give me flickr pro, i give you no word verification.. quid pro quo of sorts :)

well, i'm glad you like the digest better. i'm still going to stick the daily thing out until the end of the week and then i'll way up some public opinion and see how i feel about the thing too.

what i great idea with the sticks! and believe me, you can make sticks interesting, i know this to be true.

i did think of you with jessica rankin and really wanted to buy the catalogue for you. i had to resist, but now i know where it is, maybe once i get work. glad you can hang out on this blog now. yay!

At 21 May, 2007 18:27, Blogger Jade said...

sounds like a great deal to me!

Thanks, yeah i do like sticks.

Very sweet of you to think of me about the catalogue, but remember even if you can afford it you would have to get it here and it's an awful long way to lug stuff!

I did hang out here before, though perhaps it was more a sort of lurking.


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