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This this monster this things

Wright, Elizabeth (2012) This this monster this things. [Show/Exhibition] [Creative Arts and Design > Fine Art]
Creators:Wright, Elizabeth

International group exhibtion based on a sculpturally exquisite corpse. Over forty artists construct one body part of the composite sculpture.

Other Contributors:
CuratorSadotti, Giorgio
ExhibitorMartin, Simon
ExhibitorStarr, Georgina
ExhibitorBorujerdi, Roxane
ExhibitorFagen, Graham
ExhibitorStrange, Jack
ExhibitorGillick, Liam
ExhibitorBeasley, Mark
ExhibitorFloyer, Ceal
ExhibitorBilly, Vanessa
ExhibitorKirk, Lisa
ExhibitorGallaccio, Anya
ExhibitorNoronha Feio, Carlos
ExhibitorWatts, Chris
ExhibitorRediger, Elias
ExhibitorStahil, Alexandra
ExhibitorSchuepbach, Dina
ExhibitorAfrassiabi, Shahin
ExhibitorEginton, Kelly
ExhibitorHiggs, Matthew
ExhibitorKane, Alan
ExhibitorHale, Matt
ExhibitorStehli, Jemima
ExhibitorBurrows, David
ExhibitorEldret, Laura
ExhibitorBrown, Eleanor
ExhibitorBanner, Fiona
ExhibitorMuggeridge, Fraser
ExhibitorFelbermagr, Karin
ExhibitorGall, Neil
ExhibitorClaydon, Steve
ExhibitorNobel, Paul
Type of Research:Show/Exhibition
Additional Information (Publicly available):

Since 2010, Giorgio Sadotti has been assembling ‘THIS THIS MONSTER THIS THINGS’, an exquisite corpse made from objects produced by fifty-one artist friends and acquaintances, most of whom have had an impact on Sadotti’s identity as an artist. This process of gradual accumulation has resulted in a meta-artwork, a bastard object or a curatorial monster that mockingly presents a ‘complete’ entity, a Frankensteinian self-portrait drawn from people who have become familiar with Sadotti and his work over a twenty-five year period.

Within Focal Point Gallery’s project space, the various elements of Sadotti’s figure have been fitted onto a precisely engineered aluminium skeleton to present a character constructed from assorted media, including sculpture, two-dimensional materials such as painting and photography, neon, a rose frozen in a block of ice, and audio-visual body parts. These ‘things’ result in a cacophony, noise or babble that represent the different facets of the artist’s personality, as well as the varied ways of producing and interpreting figurative artworks. Among the remains are Simon Martin’s ‘consciousness’, which comes in the form of a real lemon, Georgina Starr’s ‘brain’ made from bubble-gum and a tarot card, and Paul Noble’s spinning, hallucinogenic and multi-faceted ‘left foot and toes’ hewn from polystyrene and plaster.

Sadotti has also collected many different versions of Mary Shelley’s book Frankenstein (1818), the famous story about a monster produced by an unorthodox scientific experiment. Presented on makeshift shelves in the gallery window, the books are offered up in full view of the adjacent library, a display that mirrors the collection of diverse and accumulated literature outside.

Running parallel with this project is a new artist’s book. Published by Focal Point Gallery and designed by Sadotti in collaboration with Fraser Muggeridge studio, its folded cover serves as the invitation for the exhibition, and amalgamates each artist’s name with the name of the fragment of the creature they have created. This synthesis or splicing produces a new phrase, as well as a second artwork or textual Frankenstein’s monster once the artists’ names and body parts have been combined from head to toe on the page.

Your affiliations with UAL:Colleges > Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design
Date:April 2012
Funders:Focal Point Gallery
Related Websites:http://www.focalpoint.org.uk/exhibitions/forthcoming/40/
Projects or Series:Research Outputs Review (April 2010 - April 2011)
Locations / Venues:
LocationFrom DateTo Date
Focal Point Gallery, Southend, EssexApril 2012June 2012
Le Commissariat, Paris France20122012
Material/Media:mixed media
Measurements or Duration of item:1 x 1m
ID Code:3706
Deposited By:Liz Wright
Deposited On:22 Feb 2012 14:37
Last Modified:14 Oct 2014 14:05
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