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"Richard Paul: I Was A Teenage Hand Model"
2003-10-03 until 2003-10-26
Hoxton Distillery
London, , 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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