Sunday, February 12, 2012

David Blandy Exhibition: Phoenix Arts Centre

I went to David Blandy's exhibition at Phoenix Arts Centre here in Exeter. I strongly recommend a visit. David Blandy jams popular culture while taking us on an exploration of the inner and outer worlds, the world of the self and the world of comics, movies, tv, computer games and collectables.

The exhibition is open until 17 March.

Exeter Phoenix Gallery
Gallery Opening Times: MON - SAT: 10am-5pm. Entry is FREE.

David Blandy: Passage of the Soul

Fri 03 Feb - Sat 17 Mar, FREE

David Blandy's work deals with his problematic relationship with popular culture, highlighting the slippage and tension between fantasy and reality in everyday life. Searching for his cultural position in the world, Blandy often uses humour to ask the difficult question of just how much the self is formed by the mass-media of records, films and television, and whether he has an identity outside that.
Passage of the soul  brings together several recent works that explore this ongoing quest, as enacted by a cast of alter-egos that stem from the artist’s passions for kung fu, soul, hip hop and Japanese manga. These include his powerful Hiroshima inspired video and installation Child of the Atom; Duels & Dualities: Battle of the Soul, a hacked beat ‘em up arcade game which pits Blandy’s back catalogue of alter-egos against each other in a traditional 2D fighting arena; and the first part of a new, episodic animation Anjin which draws reference from 1980’s Franco-Japanese TV cartoon Ulysses 31 (itself inspired by Homer’s Odyssey) and the life of William Adams - the first Englishman to reach Japan and the only westerner to be granted the title of Samurai.

David Blandy Limited Edition

Duels & Dualities: Battle of the Soul Action Figure - Barefoot Lone Pilgrim
Edition of 100. Plastic, paint, cardboard, in presentation box with signed certificate.
Commissioned by Zabludowicz Collection
£80.00 + £5.95pp
Available to purchase from Exeter Phoenix box office or by calling 01392 667080.
For more details email

Eye Opener

Wed 22nd Feb, 1.30pm, FREE
Join in with an informal discussion about the exhibition in the gallery.

Artist Talk

Sat 25 Feb, 2.30pm, FREE
The artist will discuss his exhibition and wider practice.

This exhibition has been produced in association with Animate Projects and Zabludowicz Collection.

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