I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper
Griffin Gallery's current exhibition is a curious Tardis of a show. Despite its compact size, the more you explore it, the bigger it seems to get. And the time travelling metaphor is apt. since I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper is a joyfully eclectic celebration of appropriation and influence.
The group show nonetheless has a distinctly modern feel. Curator Catherine Loewe has selected ten artists whose work plays with, borrows from or manipulates pieces from the past, and all are contemporary.
One favourite is a collaboration between sculptor Nick Hornby and mural artist Sinta Tantra. Hornby derives silhouettes from 18th-century sculptures and hybridises their shapes, and Tantra has painted them in her bold geometric style. Stand on one side, and you'll see one outline, from another, a completely different shapes emerges. As Hornby told Sculptorvox in interview, “You can already see potentially two voices, not blurred into one, but on a knife-edge between being cooked as singularity and remaining in the constituent parts.”
Meanwhile Gavin Turk references Andy Warhol and Robert Raushenberg in Large Transit Disaster (Blue, Copper & Ochre) and Wolfe von Lenkiewicz creates ambiguous compositions from well-known historical images.
Unless you're an art history graduate, you'll need to read the guide to get the most out of this one. But digging deep into the connections is the joy of this exhibition. The artists presented here are thoughtful about the meaning of authorship, and engage with the past in radically different ways. Dive in, and there is plenty to pore over.
I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper is on at the Griffin Gallery in West London until 24th February.
Yes, Yes, in Chinese Blue, Hague, Cornforth, Telemagenta, Railings, Lush Pink and Drawing Room
Large Transit Disaster (Blue, Copper & Ochre)
Velázquez (Rokeby Venus) Abstraktes Bild 911-5
Gravity Prevents the Atmosphere from Drifting into Outer Space Morning
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