Hugo Farmer | The Thirteenth Stroke

22 Apr 2021 – 16 May 2021

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10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
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“It was a bright day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen” as Hugo Farmer’s downed tools and stood back to survey what he’d been chiselling, carving, painting and printing for the last couple of years… THE THIRTEENTH STROKE is exactly what the saying suggests…


That understated opening sentence from 1984 sounds so ordinary; so matter of fact… but then it sneaks up on you with a jarring wrongness that sets the tone for Orwell’s dystopia. That sense of history’s breaking point ticking closer and closer; of things falling apart, permeates Hugo Farmer’s new work… The ‘megaphone-head’ bronzes so prominent in earlier shows are making a comeback, albeit with some provocative new characters – including a Queen dubbing a new Knight with a baseball bat as he ‘takes the knee’ and a boy meddling dangerously with a box of matches. These are voices of protest, designed to disturb and therefore destined for a run-in with the new Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, about which John F. Kennedy could have been talking when he said,

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable”

For all that, The Thirteenth Stroke isn’t downhearted or despairing. It’s a call to arms. There’s no doubt we’re in a time of deceit – and if, as Orwell says, that makes telling the truth a revolutionary act, Hugo Farmer’s a revolutionary. What’s more, as Hugo himself has often said, if history’s made by those brave enough to speak out, rule breakers are history makers – and Hugo’s definitely one of those as well.

Further Information
22 April – 16 May 2021
Hoxton Gallery
17 Marlow Workshops
Arnold Circus, Shoreditch,
London E2 7JN

Hugo Farmer is available for interview.
For press contact: Kate McQuaid Email: kate@innerchildpr.co.uk / +44(0)7432 547 446
To book an appointment contact: Kevin Martin Email: hi@hoxtongallery.co.uk




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