Victoriana: The Art of Revival

Guildhall Art Gallery

Until Sun Dec 8 2013

  • Rob Ryan

    'I Remember, Nobody Remembers', 2010

    © the artist

    ‘Ryan is having fun with traditional Staffordshire ceramics,’ explains Sonia Solicari, curator of the show. ‘He’s taken original moulds and created new figures, decorating them with texts and slogans. He’s interested in mass production – which started in the nineteenth century – and what that does to an object. The Staffordshire figure becomes kind of a blank canvas, ripe for reclamation.’

    Rob Ryan
  • Jane Hoodless

    'Shorn Out of Wedlock', 2012

    © the artist

    According to Solicari, Hoodless’s cake ‘probes the Victorian fascination with the symbolism and cultural meaning of hair – in particular the social codes governing freely flowing hair for married women. The intricate hair-work that makes up this “wedding” cake speaks of the changing role of women in Victorian society.’

    Jane Hoodless
  • Yinka Shonibare MBE

    From 'Dorian'

    © the artist

    ‘Shonibare’s series of 12 photographs is one of the key works in the show,’ says Solicari. ‘ It’s interesting because, positioning himself as Dorian, Shonibare plays with his identity as a black British man and also the shifting identity of Dorian Gray over the decades. In fact, the artist came to Dorian via Albert Lewin’s 1945 film version of Oscar Wilde’s 1890 story, so there’s this extra historical layering to it.’

    Yinka Shonibare MBE
  • Miss Pokeno

    'Trophy Chair', 2009

    © the artist, photo: © Tim Walker

    ‘There’s a tension between the terms “art” and “craft” in the show,’ says Solicari. ‘Miss Pokeno sidesteps the issue by describing herself as an armchair destructivist.’ Pokeno (better known as Alannah Currie, from 1980s synth-pop trio Thompson Twins) has snuggled taxidermy foxes in the back of a red plush wingback that will take pride of place in the show’s ‘Reimagined Parlour’ of  Victorian-inspired furniture and homewares. ‘It will explore what we mean by hearth and home today.’

    Miss Pokeno
  • Mark Titchner

    'I Want a Better World, I Want a Better Me'

    © the artist

    To create this digital print, Titchner has layered William Morris-influenced patterns mass produced by multinational companies criticised for poor labour conditions in developing countries. ‘It’s in the style of a nineteenth-century trade union banner,’ explains Solicari. ‘As well as being about Morris’s decorative lineage it’s about his avant-garde politics.’

    Mark Titchner
  • Matthew Weir

    'Hangman', 2010

    © the artist, image courtesy Alison Jacques Gallery

    Matthew Weir
  • Carole Windham

    'Dearly Beloved'

    © Carole Windham

    Carole Windham
  • Timorous Beasties

    'Devil Damask Flock Wallpaper', launched 2007

    © Timorous Beasties

    Timorous Beasties
  • Yuniko Utsu

    'Octopus Portrait', 2009

    © the artist, image courtesy Michael Hoppen Contemporary and GP Gallery

    Yuniko Utsu

Rob Ryan

'I Remember, Nobody Remembers', 2010

© the artist

‘Ryan is having fun with traditional Staffordshire ceramics,’ explains Sonia Solicari, curator of the show. ‘He’s taken original moulds and created new figures, decorating them with texts and slogans. He’s interested in mass production – which started in the nineteenth century – and what that does to an object. The Staffordshire figure becomes kind of a blank canvas, ripe for reclamation.’

 
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  • Date Time Price information
  • Wed Sep 25 2013
    10:00
    £7; £5 concs; under-16s & City of London residents free