Barry Reigate

Triumph In The Face Of Adversity

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Triumph In The Face Of Adversity
Barry Reigate
Triumph In The Face Of Adversity
2008
Neon stick strip light, jesmonite, ply & gloss paint
159 x 214 cm

Reigate’s series of fluorescent light sculptures were conceived as one-of-a-kind art and design originals, functional furniture catering to connoisseurs of unmitigated indulgence. The lamps are ostentatious pastiches of bad taste, pierced through (literally) with the pretentiousness of minimalist design. Triumph In The Face Of Adversity repackages all manner of anathema as a luminescent beacon of desire: the club-footed, rude-fingered, pudenda-lipped, tar-baby bunny is sodomised through the core by a ‘Dan Flavin’ and poses as a depraved icon of astounding beauty and fascination. In wholeheartedly embracing the abject, Reigate confronts and seduces the viewer with his own ethical hang-ups. “I like the simultaneous reference to cartoons and modern art over the last century,” says Reigate. “While modernism grew, cartoons consumed the very essence of transcendental popularity.”


     
 


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