Printed Matter

While Hirst, Chapman and Perry may initially make us think formaldehyde, prosthetic genitals and subversive pottery; a new show opening at London’s Eleven gallery in March will show that there’s another, more two-dimensional side to these figures.

Damien Hirst?Altar from Sanctum 2009
Damien Hirst Altar from Sanctum 2009

Printed Matter will be showing an exhibition of limited-edition prints from contemporary artists including Peter Blake, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Damien Hirst, Gary Hume, Sarah Morris, Grayson Perry, Marc Quinn and George Shaw.  

George Shaw?The Appointment 2005
George Shaw The Appointment 2005

Hirst’s work, Altar from Sanctum, shows the artist taking a break from studding skulls with gems and what not to create a rather beautiful kaleidoscopic image: at its’ centre is a butterfly, and the surrounding wing-shapes look either insect-like or lung-like, depending on their colouring. True to form, the piece is said to ‘create a psychedelic vision of mortality and death.’

Jonathan Yeo?Bush 2007
Jonathan Yeo Bush 2007

The more traditional work of George Shaw shows a photographic sepia tinted barren tree; while portrait artist George Yeo’s less-than-flattering portrait of George Bush is collaged together from pieces of images of celebrities and dignitaries.

Marc Quinn?Untitled 03 from Six Moments of Sunrise 2008
Marc Quinn Untitled 03 from Six Moments of Sunrise 2008

We really like the bold, graphic grid of Sarah Morris’ Mondrian-inspired work, Department of Water and Power (Los Angeles). According to the gallery, Morris uses these vivid shapes and colour blocks to ‘decode the semiotics of our built environment’, examining the societal relationships and consciousness of a city underneath the structures of urban planning design.


Sarah Morris
Sarah Morris

Printed Matter runs from 23 March – 4 May at Eleven Gallery 11 Eccleston Street, London, SW1W

All images courtesy of Eleven Gallery

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