This is the page that is devoted purely to my project and exhibition of Trophallaxis at TenderPixel Gallery in late 2009. This was a joint exhibition will Lizzie Cannon and her installation was called ‘Concreus Palibracchius’. This is where you can most clearly see the influence of William Hogarth in my work, as this show in many ways was a homage to him and the hugely beneficial effect he has had on my life thus far. All five of my installations in this show are all social critiques, with the theme of ‘What do we worship today’ hence the creation of lightboxes (1.5M x 75cm) in the style of stained glass windows, in an attempt to literally ‘illuminate’ the issues. Although my work and expression is very different in style to Hogarth, I would say almost 250 years on, many of the issues he was addressing are still familiar today. In my research I found the correlation between issues then and now very striking. With each work I will provide it’s original gallery synopsis to provide my reflections on my work at that time. A little verbose of me perhaps but this is a blog after all.
In essence. ‘Champagne Salute’ (alternative title; ‘The Gun, The Knife & The Booty Girl’) is influenced by W.H’s ‘The Four Stages of Cruelty’. ‘Worship of the Barren Eve‘ by ‘A Harlot’s Progress’. ‘N.A.S’ by ‘Gin Lane & Beer Street’ and ‘The Golden Handshake‘ (also referred to as ‘The Sir Fred Goodwin’) by ‘The Rakes Progress’. ‘Trophallaxis‘ however is much more to do with environmental issues and ‘Trash culture’
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