Barry Reigate

I'm a Leader not a Follower (and details)

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I'm a Leader not a Follower (and details)
Barry Reigate
I'm a Leader not a Follower (and details)
2008
Neon stick strip light, jesmonite, ply & gloss paint
165 x 207 cm

“Modernism seemed to want to serve some kind of a purpose, and I wanted to play with something that deals with both function and stupidity. I became quite interested in Barry Flanagan’s hares; they were everywhere, breeding like rabbits. Barry went pop, so to say, commercialised; so there was this kind of entropy of his or others’ modernist ideals.” Reigate expands, “The figures are made in jesmonite which is used in film sets and models. I like the association between classical plaster sculpture and popular culture. I let the material just drip, applied it thickly and then let gravity take its course, so there is this historical reference to modernist painting. The black gloss paint makes the figures look as though they have just been tarred, like a kind of punishment for pop. The wooden pallet-plinths almost look like Dracula’s coffin: dead art, zombie pop! The extension cord becomes a kind of life support for them to work: an umbilical cord attached to our own dependent reality, electricity.”


     
 


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