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IAN JOHNSTONE

6 Nov 2010 – 27 Nov 2010

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Mon-Sat, 12-6pm

The Horse Hospital

London, United Kingdom

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THE 23 STAB WOUNDS OF JULIUS CAESAR

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EXHIBITION: SATURDAY 6TH NOVEMBER — SATURDAY 27TH NOVEMBER 2010 Monday — Saturday 12-6pm PRIVATE VIEW: FRIDAY 5TH NOVEMBER 2010, 7:30PM THE 23 STAB WOUNDS OF JULIUS CAESAR They appear on blocks of unguessable purpose : pin-veined rough-cut blocks of whitewood. Displayed in the clutch of the screw's harsh thrift. The cloth is pulled away. The 23 wounds. Sphagia. Extispicy. Blood spidered and baked on fissured rocks. Lassoos and bones and a tracework of bones. Flesh bared and pared and spindled open through a million pin pricks. Tiny and vertiginous, their lines cluster and tear themselves into liquid fold and tiny blots. The eye swoops like a raptor, bedazzled. Swims unfocussed by infinitestimal mysteries. Tricked, beguiled, left rotting. Impossible amulets 23 broken hawk beaks 23 rotted talons with their fringe of ant trail 23 fragments of a skull 23 curses hung round the neck of a scavenger wolf 23 bell shards tolled for the ghost of a headless ram 23 mourning scarves of ink-clotted lace 23 clues to a skeleton beyond all understanding 23 eggshells sticky with seed Interred in the shadow of the tower of silence, beneath bird wing' storm and acid hail, the fruiting body hardens. Takes shape. - Geoff Cox Ian Johnstone, Artist, Beekeeper, Coil Affiliate. Has conlababarated alot with artist Serena Korda. With artist/musician Jim Hollands and most recently with musicians Daniel O'Sullivan and Ulver. He continues work with Mikel Quirós on the agroforrestry/garden/farming project ‘Cantu fermusu'

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