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Ex bassist of The Specials Horace Panter will present his first exhibition next week – Robots, Saints & (Extra) Ordinary People.

Black History
Black History

As the title suggests, he’s taken in quite an array of subjects, which are apparently all united as ‘icons.’ Icons which have been subverted in some way by Panter.

Punk Rock Girl
Punk Rock Girl

Orgainsers tell us, ‘…he acknowledges their functionality as venerated objects while simultaneously recognising their beauty as cultural artifacts.’

Robot 1
Robot 1

One such icon is the 1950s robot,  imagined by Panter as a futuristic icon, or there’s his take on Warhol’s ‘elevating the mundane,’ by spotlighting the overlooked – the streetsweeper, post-card seller, and anonymous soldiers or security personnel in Beijing.

Security Guard Beijing
Security Guard Beijing

Panter says, ‘I’m fascinated by iconography and its traditional function as a tool for reinforcing religious or political rhetoric. I’m really excited about this exhibition; the idea of seeing 60 of my pieces in one place will be as exciting to me as I hope it will be to everyone else.’

St Paraskeva With Pigeons
St Paraskeva With Pigeons

Robots Saints & (Extra) Ordinary People will show at The Strand Gallery, 32 John Adam Street,
Strand,London, WC2N from 22 November – 3 December

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