Tuesday, 20 May 2014

'...to Deprave and corrupt' Brazier Park 2014

...to Deprave and Corrupt, Brazier Park 2014
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In 2011 I took part in a festival called 'Supernormal' http://www.supernormalfestival.co.uk its a platform for alternative and edgy work that fits along up and coming bands, its an exciting place to be and the setting at Braziers is wonderful http://www.braziers.org.uk

Upon my arrival to the house with my work, which I understood would be shown in the drawing room of the house. It became clear that there was some problem with this and an alternative place was needed!

I was happy to have a look around and decided that a cool place was in a wooded area between the main house and and the field where bands played and people set up camp...

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For the most part it was a great experience meeting interesting people and having fun. But on the Sunday morning I went through the wooded area and found one of my work trashed the eyes ripped out and the armatures broken.
This came a a bit of a surprise as the event was a platform for work that supposed to challenge and make people think!
I was latter told that someone living in the house had taken exception to my work and I had been banned from ever showing my work there again.
BBC news link about the degenerate art found in a flat in Munich " why Hitler Hated Modernism" http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24819441 I just bought a book 'Degenerate Art' NEUE Galerie
I have also just watched this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QE4Ld1mkoM Hitler said "Modern artist are degenerate and he intend to eliminate them"

"its now very common to hear people say, "I'm offended by that,"as if that gives them certain rights, It's actually nothing more... than a whine. I find that offensive." It has no meaning; it has no purpose; it has no reason to be respected as a phase. "aim offended by that, well so Fucking what." I saw hate in a graveyard- Stephen Fry, The Guardian, 5th June 2005

However I was invited back this year to take part in this exhibition and talk at Brazier and to have my work welcomed into the Drawing room of this splendid house, Although it appeared heavily censured Fig1 albeit with a sense of humour. But even the poster for this event was ripped of the walls as the person found the image "offensive." Fig16
Other artist showing were Richard Bateman 'Welcome to the 21st Century' Fig2 Figures that have been so censured that they hardly give any information at all.

Bernadette Moloney Fig11 & Fig 12, Darren Leaf Fig4 & Fig5 both these artists work push the boundaries of taste and in doing so, expect to attract offence.


Jordan McKenzie Fig 13 From the series 'Spent' a mixture of sperm and graphite a counterpart to the celebrated 'Piss Christ' by the American artist Andres Serrano http://www.jordanmckenzie.co.uk
To see the image of the Andres Serrano and other artist using bodily fluids follow link http://www.bizarremag.com/news-and-videos/latest-features/11299/body_fluid_artists.html

John Latham 'Full stop' Fig10 Who defaced the drawing room and cased controversy when he stuck a book to the wall with  a black full stop. This was removed but pun reflection the patrons wish the work was still there.


Thanks to Keran James and Michael Kenan from studio1.1 for organising this event
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To see the text for event please follow link http://www.studio1-1.co.uk/to-deprave-and-corrupt/

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