Current Exhibition

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  • Project Space: Giorgio Sadotti
    ‘THIS THIS MONSTER THIS THINGS'
  • 16 April to 30 June 2012

Giorgio Sadotti
‘THIS THIS MONSTER THIS THINGS’

Includes work by Shahin Afrassiabi, Fiona Banner, Mark Beasley, Vanessa Billy, Roxane Borujerdi, Eleanor Brown and Loolie Habgood, David Burrows, Denna Cartamkhoob, Rachael Champion, Steven Claydon, Kelly Eginton, Laura Eldret, Graham Fagen, Karin Felbermayr, Ella Finer, Ceal Floyer, Freee, Neil Gall, Anya Gallaccio, Liam Gillick, Matt Hale, Matthew Higgs, The Hut Project, Alan Kane, Lisa Kirk, Elise Lammer and Lawrence Leaman, Mikael Larsson, Simon Liddiment, Raphael Linsi, Simon Martin, Fraser Muggeridge, Paul Noble, Carlos Noronha Feio, Stefano W. Pasquini, Elias Rediger, Audrey Reynolds, Sarina Scheidegger, Dina Schuepbach, Georgina Starr, Alexandra Stähli, Jemima Stehli, Jack Strange, Milly Thompson, Chris Watts, and Elizabeth Wright.

Since 2010, Giorgio Sadotti has been assembling ‘THIS THIS MONSTER THIS THINGS’, an exquisite corpse made from objects produced by fifty-one artist friends and acquaintances, most of whom have

had an impact on Sadotti’s identity as an artist. This process of gradual accumulation has resulted in a meta-artwork, a bastard object or a curatorial monster that mockingly presents a ‘complete’ entity, a Frankensteinian self-portrait drawn from people who have become familiar with Sadotti and his work over a twenty-five year period.

Within Focal Point Gallery’s project space, the various elements of Sadotti’s figure have been fitted onto a precisely engineered aluminium skeleton to present a character constructed from assorted media, including sculpture, two-dimensional materials such as painting and photography, neon, a rose frozen in a block of ice, and audio-visual body parts. These ‘things’ result in a cacophony, noise or babble that represent the different facets of the artist’s personality, as well as the varied ways of producing and interpreting figurative artworks. Among the remains are Simon Martin’s ‘consciousness’, which comes in the form of a real lemon, Georgina Starr’s ‘brain’ made from bubble-gum and a tarot card, and

Paul Noble’s spinning, hallucinogenic and multi-faceted ‘left foot and toes’ hewn from polystyrene and plaster.

Sadotti has also collected many different versions of Mary Shelley’s book Frankenstein (1818), the famous story about a monster produced by an unorthodox scientific experiment. Presented on makeshift shelves in the gallery window, the books are offered up in full view of the adjacent library, a display that mirrors the collection of diverse and accumulated literature outside.

Running parallel with this project is a new artist’s book. Published by Focal Point Gallery and designed by Sadotti in collaboration with Fraser Muggeridge studio, its folded cover serves as the invitation for the exhibition, and amalgamates each artist’s name with the name of the fragment of the creature they have created. This synthesis or splicing produces a new phrase, as well as a second artwork or textual Frankenstein’s monster once the artists’ names and body parts have been combined from head to toe on the page.

Inside, this publication reveals Sadotti’s vertigo and epiphany of collages that ‘naturally’ occur in glossy magazines or supplements once their bindings have been removed, and how photojournalistic images are unintentionally grafted together with those on the opposite page to expose loaded cultural slips. One initial example includes that of the boxer Muhammad Ali throwing a punch with an arm that dramatically transforms into that of a tennis player’s on the opposing page, complete with racket. Here, black Afro-American body transforms into white European in an unusual figurative fusion.

Similar to the artist’s effigy in the gallery, and his collection of books, Sadotti’s found collages ruminate on disjunctive monsters that are produced by happenstance and coincidence. Sadotti sees his magazine page removals as a devise that helps disclose hidden romances between images. In effect, they are found collages that celebrate a new order, a disorder or a latent curatorial, artistic and cultural reality.

Giorgio Sadotti was born in the twentieth century in Manchester and lives and works in London. He has had solo exhibitions at the Milton Keynes Gallery (2010), Limoncello (2008), the Henry Moore Institute (2006), and received a Paul Hamlyn award in 2003. His work is in public collections including the Tate and the British Council.

Giorgio Sadotti’s publication THIS THIS MONSTER THIS THINGS is available from Focal Point Gallery printed in colour broadsheet newspaper format, with a card wrap-around cover in an edition of 1,000. ISBN 978-1-907185-08-3. Price: £10.

For further information, images on this exhibition please contact Laura Bowen, Focal Point Gallery Exhibition and Marketing Officer: +44 (0)1702 534 108 / laurabowen@southend.gov.uk

Giorgio Sadotti ‘THIS THIS MONSTER THIS THINGS’ is supported by Arts Council England and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.

The artist would like to say a special thank you to Mark and James Couzens.