The King of Hearts Has No Moustache

17 Feb 2012 – 17 Mar 2012

Event times

12 am-6 pm

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London, United Kingdom


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  • Nearby tubes: Oxford Street, Goodge Street, Warren Street

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Gallery Vela is delighted to present a solo exhibition of new works by London-based artist, Kate Hawkins. This will be the most comprehensive exhibition of new work to date. Moustaches are performative. As well as being plays on sincerity they are just plays. A moustache, unlike a beard, performs its presence — it can only come into being by consciously cutting away everything around it. And through acting itself out, it tends to reveal more than it hides. Sometimes a moustache is so parodic and consciously curated, a spectator can forget he or she is witnessing a staged fiction at all. The moment of disorientation between fake and sincere is where the parody becomes the reality. And the ridiculed, the strong. The moustache becomes honest, not a cover-up: it becomes accountable for itself. Accountability, like moustache maintenance, is a fragile thing. There is a fine balance between too much and too little — physically a moustache needs distinctive parameters to be a moustache at all. It is a balance of nerve and skill. Like painting.

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