"I just want to be taken seriously as an artist... etc."
Space Station Sixty-Five presents a new solo exhibition by celebrated Canadian artist Shari Hatt. The exhibition launches the first in a series of preview shows at Space Station Sixty-Fives' new space in Kennington, London.
The exhibition features the provocative photographic series ?Clown Portraits? (2006) with corresponding videos ?I just want to be taken seriously as an artist...? (2007) and ?The Studio Visit? (2011), alongside a new watercolour series Disappointing Paintings (2011).
The clown figure, an emblem of ridicule and entertainment, questions the line between art and spectacle, as the jokes often fall flat in these powerful pieces of work.
Also featured is the first presentation of the ?UK Dog Portrait Series?, photographic portraits of dogs that demand attention from the West Midlands.
Hatt has been commissioned for a broad and diverse fan base that includes luminaries such as the late designer Alexander McQueen.
Hatt's work reveals an intimate perception of contemporary art, its market and its codes. Masquerade, intellectual masturbation and hermetic language serve a personal, psychological and sociological commentary.
Shari Hatt also works collaboratively with her Chihuahua Garry-Lewis James Osterberg, a soft sculptor artist and Iggy Pop tribute dancer. There will be an affordable limited edition by Garry on offer during the exhibition, as part of Space Station Sixty-Five?s ?Space Capsules Series?.
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