Anna FC Smith
The Coningsby Gallery
30 Tottenham St, London W1T 4RJ, United Kingdom
January 21, 2013 - January 26, 2013
Posted by rebeccasammon
I visited this exhibition last month and was blown away by the work and the show.The way the Artist had taken a popular TV show and with the extensive supporting critique and research had transformed the TV Burp show concept into a modern representation of the carnival scene. The familiar characters from the show took form in a variety of traditional methods - from thimbles to knitted pieces and toby jugs - these were all linked together with the beautiful watercolour paintings and the drawings that showed the characters in action.
The Artist was interested in how certain traditions repeatedly manifest in society and with the objects taking the form of 'artefacts' we were led back to the shows strong underlying content - Harry Hill’s TV Burp as a configuration of European Carnival . Seeing the familiar shows silly characters in the framework of the gallery displaces them from their usual spot on prime time tv and instead makes us look at them as inspiration for a Carnival approach to life. I loved this show.