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"Richard Paul: I Was A Teenage Hand Model"
2003-10-03 until 2003-10-26
UK United Kingdom
Generating photographic images that recall product photography Richard Paul
presents us with a gloriously fake universe of hyper-real objects. The
images in this show stand out of time and out of reality Ė existing in a
slipshod yet perfectly formed state of emptied meaning and malformed
non-intent. Instead of capturing a photographic moment in time Paul creates
abstracted objects that become a-signifying still-lifes, dislocating
themselves from any conceivable notion of cause and effect.
The objects in
Paulís work display a physicality that borders on the hyper-visceral,
appearing as by-products of a process that liquefies real and solid things
into abstracted subliminal seductions.
Consolidating colour and form with a sleazy approach of perfect sheens and
willed perfection Paul enters a realm of surreal marketing logic.
Significant fluids and cheese. Your heartís / genitals' / local branch
managerís desire. Think what you will if you can. These works only aim to
provide a stimuli, it is up to the viewer to produce the response to the
paradoxical displays on offer. Stuff and nonsense becomes non-sensical stuff
that is exquisitely packaged and marketed, entering into an exchange of
signal and response that disrupts its own logic of desirability. Ask
yourself Ė "Am I being [sexually / intellectually / symbolically] aroused
and / or challenged by this picture?" All these things are possible and more
in this world of free-floating cocktails and dental wash.
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